Quality Function Deployment (QFD) is a recognised method of translating customer needs into appropriate technical requirements to inform ergonomic design development. This paper details how QFD has been used to develop a tactile advanced product for a medical application. The project has undertaken innovative experimental and industrial research which has led to the design of a child-focused “Wiggle Bag” which will be used to safely harness and reduce infection at the site of a venous catheter placed in the chest wall of long-term child cancer sufferers. Children with cancer regularly have long term central venous catheters inserted through their upper chest wall to deliver medication. They can result in medical issues, particularly infections or accidental removal, but also discomfort for the children, particularly when sleeping. The research uses an inductive approach, triangulating various research strategies including questionnaires, focus groups and interviews from parents, carers and medical personnel. QFD was used to bring together the key findings from the primary data analysis to establish design criteria and inform the product development. The outcome of the research was a functional product ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and safety, with the added unique selling point of having antibacterial properties.
|Title of host publication||The 90th Textile Institute World Conference Proceedings|
|Subtitle of host publication||Textiles Inseparable from the Human Environment|
|Publisher||The Textile Institute|
|Number of pages||8|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9788392861850, 9781510840799|
|Publication status||Published - 2 May 2016|
|Event||90th Textile Institute World Conference: Textiles Inseparable From the Human Environment - Poznan , Poland|
Duration: 25 Apr 2016 → 28 Apr 2016
Conference number: 90
https://www.innovationintextiles.com/the-90th-textile-institute-world-conference/ (Link to Conference Details)
|Conference||90th Textile Institute World Conference|
|Period||25/04/16 → 28/04/16|
Power, E., Harris, J., & Leaper, D. (2016). Using QFD As A Method To Develop Functional Medical Products For Children With Cancer. In The 90th Textile Institute World Conference Proceedings: Textiles Inseparable from the Human Environment (pp. 333-340). The Textile Institute.