Stryker

Twisthink worked with Stryker to develop one of the most sophisticated hospital mattresses available to help maximize comfort, improve clinical outcomes and redefine the hospital experience from the patients perspective. 

Challenge

ICU patients commonly develop plenary infections and are consequently placed under the assistance of a ventilation machine to help with pulmonary condition. Stryker sought to develop a solution to help ICU nurses care and treat patients, while improving patient comfort and preventing pressure ulcers.

“THE THEORY WE STARTED OUT WITH HAS BECOME A REALITY BECAUSE YOU WERE ABLE TO EXECUTE THE VISION OF PEOPLE WITH YOUR TECHNICAL BRILLIANCE AND FOCUS.”

-Mani Seshadrinathan, Product Manager, Stryker

Solution

Twisthink and Stryker created the Isolibrium premium critical care support mattress that assists with the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers using an air circulation and support system. 

User Experience Design

The responsive air system helps to distribute a patient’s weight evenly, eliminating isolated pressure points. To do this it uses a complex algorithm of hundreds of body pressure maps from a wide range of patient sizes and weights, shown in various positions. It also allows air flow from the bottom of the mattress and repels moisture to keep the skin cool and dry. Furthermore, a graphic cover for the mattress provides a constant reference for the caregiver’s training and execution.

Product Design

Every detail of the Isolibrium mattress was thoughtfully curated and tested. The hourglass shape on the mattress strategically mimics the foam crib inside while the immersion sensing technology is represented in the sacrum zone. Internal features like the air pods and foot gel are visible on the cover for easy alignment with the patient. The mini key at the bottom also notes the features of the support surface including their location. All the mattress features are then controlled by the user interface built into the bed frame. 

Outcome

Isolibrium’s smart system extended Stryker’s lead in the marketplace. This product achieves maximum performance for each specific patient, eliminating the guess work from caregivers. The benefits to this mattress for patients include: four zone sensor technology that maximizes pressure redistribution, low air loss, an intuitive touch screen interface, backsmart turn assist and full rotation therapy. The project has been recognized by Medical Design Excellence Awards in 2014.

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