Medical Waste Management


  • Status: Prototypes
  • Awards: Label de l'Observeur du Design 12, National Laureate of the James Dyson Award 2011.
  • Completed in: 2012
  • Copyright: © Julien Bergignat - PATENTED

As more and more disposable items are being used for vaccinations and injections, infectious medical waste production in hospitals has reached dizzying heights. Careless handling-induced risks are obvious to and avoidable by all. Several studies have shown that current waste destruction practices mostly burials and incineration could widely be optimized. This kind of destruction methods, though advocated by the World Health Organization, are quite problematic: indeed waste incineration entails toxic gas diffusion, and waste burials cause soil and water pollution. To this day, no sustainable solution has been found.

Healthcology is a global design project meant to facilitate medical waste management in hospitals. It has three main goals materialized by three concepts: improving the sorting of recyclable material (RVB concept), adapting waste collection equipment to the newly implemented cycle (Dess concept), and evolving medical tools (Scalp-L concept). More advanced than already existing products, these three devices complement each other. In order to enter in a trivialization waste cycle, wastes are then being shread.

The RVB concept is in line with AP Medicals products. It facilitates the recovery of materials such as glass or plastics early on in the waste collection process. Depending on which color and graphic style are applied to them, products are dumped into such or such specific container. The waste valorization cycle is thus respected through and through.

The concept of Scalpe-L is to separate recyclable part, from non-recyclable. It shows how will be the medical tools of tomorrow. Objects thought to be recycled. It demonstrates that by providing a small detail, two slots on the handle, you can save energy and material. Manipulation that would be asked to the staff is very close to existing manipulations, and do not represent a waste of time.

The addition of containers can be considered as cumbersome and as a waste of time especially with the lack of staff members. Therefore, the last intervention to plan relates to the trolley. It is the piece that will receive the containers, and see the birth of all waste. Dess is a medical cart to be used by nursing orderlies. Its main body is made by rotomolding that's why it is lightweight and easy to clean, it is comprised with waste sorting containers.

Healthcology - Origins

A short video pointing out facts and issues with the current waste cycle, and proposing an alternative.

Healthcology - Adapted Tools

A second video describing the use scenario of the new product line.

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