Details 

BFA thesis, 10 weeks

Product, experience & interaction design

In collaboration with the Swedish Mountain Rescue & Aptum

Challenge

To spend the holiday in the mountains is an increasing interest. Besides hiking, down hill mountain biking and climbing are increasing trends during the summer. During the winter season skiiers are taking over the mountains. More people in the mountains implies more accidents and the rescue is extremely important in these tough situations and remote environments.

I wanted to look into how the mountain rescue in Sweden could be improved.

Concept

My result was Rescue Link, a concept consisting a stretcher and a mobile application. Combined they reduces the risk for hypothermia of the injured person, as the wait time gets shorter and the stretcher has active heating. Rescue link also facilitates the transport of the injured and simplifies the rescue chain, as the stretcher is adjustable and fits into other rescue stretchers. 


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How to improve the mountain rescue work and facilitate the transport of the injured person?

 
 
As 95 % of all rescues are minor injuries the rescue often is really simple, but the not simple ones are extremely tough.

As 95 % of all rescues are minor injuries the rescue often is really simple, but the not simple ones are extremely tough.

 

Interviews

I did a lot of interviews during the research. I interviewed Mountain Rescuers, Police and Ambulance workers and people that have been in accidents at the mountain. This gave me a really good insight of the problems before going into the ideation.

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”Half of our alarms have incorrect positioning and we have to start with a personal tracking before we can locate the injured person”

//Anders Bergwall Mountain rescuer

 

Identified problems - Rescue Team

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Rescue chain

Different stretcher systems in the helicopter, ambulance etc. requires shifting of the injured (sometimes up to 3 times), which is a time consuming, difficult and harmful process.

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Stretcher

The stretchers are hard to transport as they are not foldable, they get very cold during the winter and have bad fixation possibilities.

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Localization

Takes a lot of time because of heavy and ponderous equipment, hard acess and bad communication among everyone involved.

 
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problems for the injured person

Long wait time leads to hypothermia which leads to an increased bleeding the the body, which is a serious problem.

 
 
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Final concept

 
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The users of Rescue link

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1.Injured person

The app can be used by the injured person or by the friends of the injured in an accident. The alarming is done through the app. Information about the accident and surroundings can be added.

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2.Independent person

Another user, an independent person in the vicinity willing to help. Before accepting the mission the independent person can check possible route proposals and information about the accident.

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3.Rescue team

The Swedish mountain rescue team can easily plan the rescue in the application. By building the rescue chain together with ambulance and helicopter teams through exact positioning on the map and simple contact to everyone involved.

 

The difference in hypothermia with Rescue Link compared to a rescue today

 
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Scenario

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Design process

 
Here I’m exploring a rescue process from an injured persons perspective during a  workshop with the fire department, ambulance attendants and police in Umeå . We compared different rescue stretchers and Rescue techniques when in a car accident. The outcome were pros and cons with the stretchers on the market today.

Here I’m exploring a rescue process from an injured persons perspective during a workshop with the fire department, ambulance attendants and police in Umeå. We compared different rescue stretchers and Rescue techniques when in a car accident. The outcome were pros and cons with the stretchers on the market today.

Ideation   After the conceptualization I chose to continue with a mix of two concept ideas. This concept was the best solution for the presented problems and was evaluated with my collaboration partners.

Ideation

After the conceptualization I chose to continue with a mix of two concept ideas. This concept was the best solution for the presented problems and was evaluated with my collaboration partners.

Model making

Model making

 

Presentation at UID Design Talks

 
Exhibition at UID Design Talks

Exhibition at UID Design Talks

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Learning outcome:

  • This was my first project over 5 weeks which included all steps in the design process and a final physical model, something I learned a lot from

  • Interaction design - I learned a lot of this by creating a mobile application

  • Experience design - as I mainly focused at the experience of the concept I improved my skills of how to work with experience design and to build a concept around an experience

  • Hold a workshop

  • To have my own collaboration partners and contacts

  • I really improved my skills in Rhino

  • 3D print a model and make an environment to the model

  • Build, prepare and design an exhibition area

  • Make a time plan and try to stick to it

  • Create clear presentations and presentation material

  • Hold a presentation for a huge audience, both a 3 minutes pitch and the whole final presentation

 

 
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