Student invents 'handy' infection control device
A design student from Brighton has invented a portable hygiene dispenser that she hopes to market as an infection control product.
Maddy Conaghan, a University of Brighton product design graduate, has developed “Flo”, a portable hand sanitation device worn round the wrists.
When the nurse or doctor has finished with one patient, he or she rubs the devices and sanitising liquid is automatically dispensed onto the palms and forearms, meaning clinicians can continue their rounds without interruption.
The product caught the eye of design experts who selected it for the recent Product Design Centre exhibition in London.
Ms Conaghan has also received endorsements from nursing staff who helped her with her research.
Peter Atkinson, community nurse from Brighton, said: “It’s vital that we protect our patients from infection and Maddy’s device looks like it could be a real winner as it’s so straight forward and convenient.”
Ms Conaghan, 22, said she hoped to develop Flo into a commercial venture.
She said: “Design that can really help people is what I am passionate about and Flo could help clinical staff keep infection rates down without interrupting patient contact.”
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