Needs findings from target clientele

Needs findings from target clientele – Thomas N. Shetui

After being done with divergent and convergent sessions on projects given i.e. handwashing station, it was high time I paid a visit to the clientele at Muhimbili National Hospital (Pediatric ICU and the Pediatric ward i.e. Makuti A) and CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam (Prosthetics and Orthotics Department). 

Though information from clients at both sites wasn’t related to the information needed on handwashing challenges, some useful insights were pinpointed allowing the development of new triggers to work on as final project e.g. length boards, wall suction, central line/ ultrasound training module and bubble CPAP.

Visit to Muhimbili National Hospital

Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) particularly the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Makuti A pediatric ward, use length boards that seem workable according to the health personnel interviewed but have quite a lot of challenges when it comes to their conditions and when they are used. 

Figure 1.

Figure 1. shows a length board decommissioned due to its condition and failure to produce accurate results. Challenges that come with the weight and conditions of these particular length boards limit their movements between wards. It’s rare or nearly impossible to move the length boards outside Muhimbili for remote operation purposes.

The challenges highlighted by the interviewee drive an engineer into coming up with a compact design which first, keeps all the good traits of the current technology used while adding features that reduce challenges of the current design.

Visit to CCBRT Hospital     Figure 1.

After a visit to MNH, the next stop the following day was CCBRT Hospital Dar es Salaam, particularly to the Prosthetics and Orthotics (P&O) Department aiding amputees and people with impaired limbs.

Figure 2.

Figure 2. shows engineers observing operation of a 3D printer that can print out a prosthetic or orthotic limb as per dimension taken. In this case measurement of a current print was taken in Kigoma refugee Figure 2.

camp. Neat measurements are to be done prior so as to come up with an accurate limb design. This method eliminates a lot of inconveniences both to the medical personnel and the P&O limb receiver i.e. to and fro time to the remote area with people in need of P&O limbs.

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