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Guest karlito
Hi everyone,
I'm a new member on this forum and hope that this post will help me to solve some issue.
I'm working for a while on design of face plate of medical device which needs some "mark" for a grip on both sides of display.
No handles,just texture or something like that to help a user to handle the device ( not to carry ).
Are there any ergonomical demands for a grip on medical products?
Any suggestions?
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Guest Dastardly_Dave
Hi everyone,

I'm a new member on this forum and hope that this post will help me to solve some issue.

I'm working for a while on design of face plate of medical device which needs some "mark" for a grip on both sides of display.

No handles,just texture or something like that to help a user to handle the device ( not to carry ).

Are there any ergonomical demands for a grip on medical products?

Any suggestions?

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There may be some standards or best practice recommendations but to the best of my knowledge there is no definite way you must do it ..............

but you should take a look through some relevant standards anyway.

 

In terms of figuring out your grips I suggest you build a full size mock up out of card or something similar. Weight it so it is similar to the final product and ask a range of people to lift/carry/grip it. Record all the results come up with some ideas and build them too. No point building out of light material and have it weigh less than actual product as people may be comfortable to grip it from the side.

 

To my eye the sides of the product look too sharp for comfortable gripping. Maybe smooth out a section with generous fillets for your intended grip site. Also you've just shown the front bezel, if you show the back housing too it might get you some good feed back.

 

Good luck with the project and post up your results

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I would further add that your user group should come from an indicative audiance. eg, medical professionals.

 

You should also study the way such people work with existing product and the likley senario for your products use. eg, will the operator likely to be wearing surgical gloves?

 

Personally I'd reccomend thay you don't ask what's wanted. Just observe. Study body language and facial inflections, they can tell you a lot about how a person feels. Remember folks are usually kind and won't want to hurt your feelings, so they may well say it's OK, but they may actually hate it.

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I would further add that your user group should come from an indicative audiance. eg, medical professionals.

 

You should also study the way such people work with existing product and the likley senario for your products use. eg, will the operator likely to be wearing surgical gloves?

 

Personally I'd reccomend thay you don't ask what's wanted. Just observe. Study body language and facial inflections, they can tell you a lot about how a person feels. Remember folks are usually kind and won't want to hurt your feelings, so they may well say it's OK, but they may actually hate it.

 

 

Where are they supposed to hold this thing? on the sides? top/bottom? I think it needs more material on the side to grab onto because not its not very ergonomic and there is not much surface around the display area.

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A dotted pattern where you want people to grip the object should be intuitive and sufficient to tell anybody where to grip, hold or handle the object.

The main issue is that the surface should be easy to clean. So I would recommend a soft dotted pattern with the dots pointing upwards. :)

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