What is this?

“Chemo To Go, Please!” is a codesign project conducted in partnership with Odense University Hospital and Rigshospitalet, which aims to improve the experience of home chemotherapy treatment for leukemia patients.

Home chemotherapy is a new form of treatment that allows patients to take their chemo “to go”, instead of staying at the hospital – An environment known as a breeding ground for infection. When patients stay home, they are more active. They exercise more, see friends and family, catch fewer infections, eat more and sleep better – All of which leads to a quicker recovery.

The treatment consists of an IV bag attached to an infusion pump, which is housed in a wearable “chemo bag” that the patient takes home. The original chemo bag couldn’t be washed or reused, was an eyesore and didn’t meet the hospital’s needs for hygiene and safety.

Upon entering the project, we used codesign tools and methods such as ethnographic interviews, workshops, design games, sketching and generative prototyping in an effort to unpack the problems surrounding home treatment. Throughout this process we gained insights from the project’s stakeholders, thereby enabling a comprehensive understanding of the problem from both the patient’s and the hospital’s side. These findings informed our re-design of the chemo bag along with a collection of insights and inspiration for the future implementation of home treatment, a treatment form which is soon to be employed in hospitals throughout Denmark.

This project began in 2015 as part of the Codesign Master's program at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, School of Design.

Criteria

The design of the bag is based on different criteria and features that were found throughout our research.
It's a combination of thoughts and ideas from nurses, doctors, seamstresses and, of course, wonderful patients.


The voices that made the bag

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Not looking like a medical device

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Adjustable

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Thermal and wire protection

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Waterproof

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Soft & Quiet

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Hygienic

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Personal space

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How far are we?

So where are we now, and what is in the works?

  • Right now, we are finalising the prototype and in the process of producing a dozen bags.
  • Rigshospitalet and Odense University Hospital will then test the bags, so that we can modify and improve the final version.
Final prototype
90%
Costumer readiness
98%
Production ready
74%

Codesign holdet:

Days in the project
113
Coffee cups
421
People codesigned with us
42
Expected days til release
93

Our expertise

Collaborative design

We do not presume to know what the best design solution is. Instead, we generate ideas by inviting people in the field to create the best solution with us. By involving so many different people with different backgrounds and expertise we can create sustainable designs with shared ownership.

Generative prototyping

The information collected during the interviews and workshops provided insights and criteria that were translated into physical form by creating generative prototypes. By transforming thoughts and ideas into physical form we made it possible for our participants to enter the conversation and engage in the design dialogue with us.

Explorative documentation

In order to establish trust with our partners and participants, we made it our goal to maintain a high level of transparency throughout our process. In order to achieve this, we regularly posted images and updates about our working methods, research and findings on different platforms.

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