Hills' nurse call pendant wins Red Dot and Good Design awards
The air bulb-operated nurse call pendant developed by South Australian industrial designers in association with Hills Health Solutions has picked up a national Good Design Award and global Red Dot Design Award in the medicine and life science category.
The pendant was developed at Hills' Innovation Centre in Adelaide in association with University of South Australia's Robert White, Daniel Weiss, Peter Schumacher and Flinders University's Sandy Walker.
It is aimed at people with arthritis and limited manual dexterity and consists of an air-bulb operated air switch to call for assistance in a way that wasn't possible with previous nurse call technologies, which predominantly use a button that people with disabilities can find hard to press.
Users simply need to squeeze the pendant or press it against the body to summon help, and it also glows in the dark so it is simple to locate and identify in a typical residential aged care environment.
It was developed in association with and trialled in aged care facilities and is now manufactured and distributed by Hills Health Solutions in both digital and analogue versions.
The design team will attend the Red Dot presentations in Germany next month.
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