Our client had approached Reece Innovation to support the development of a prototype hand sanitizing door-release mechanism.
CleanCare was set up by a group of medical students. Head of product development – Dr. Ben Stainer, and directors of the project – Dr. Matthew Byrne, Dr. Jonny Mayes, Dr. Jasper Mogg, were looking to change the approach to promoting hygiene within the hospital environments. Their aim was to address issues faced with increasing numbers of people who develop infections within hospitals. In order to do this, they wanted to develop a solution by increasing the number of hospital users sanitising their hands regularly, whilst moving through the hospital.
At concept development stage Reece Innovation worked with the client’s team to understand the challenges faced within a hospital environment. In this stage of the project KPIs were agreed, to ensure the product remained intuitive to operate and simple to install. Furthermore, the product needed to have an override feature included.
For the initial prototype 2 design variants were agreed. With the comprehensive engineering experience of our team we were able to develop both an option for mechanical and electronic mechanisms and deployed both prototypes within POC trials.
In order to support the client with their aim of bringing the switch system to the market, Reece Innovation set up a trial; with the aim promoting the usage of the Hand Sanitiser Switch. The trial was a success in showing the increased usage of the hand sanitiser when a “barrier to use” was introduced and the second stage saw a relative increase in usage of around 66% for the Prototype.
The team was very happy with the input from our engineers and are currently working with several potential sites to look at a live trial of the unit. We are looking forward to working further with the client on this project to support future developments of their innovative product.