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Design project wins Award

Design project wins Award

Valeria Gaitan Vallejo received two prizes in the international design competition Core77 Design Award 2015, for her diploma project "Simplay / The future of medical simulation”, a tool to decrease amount of human errors in emergency situations.

In co-operation with Lærdal Medical, former student Vallejo made a tool to provide feedback during simulation of emergency scenarios.

Today, simulation is used to prepare medical staff for stressful situations, but until now the feedback from these exercises has been limited to observation and advice from each simulation instructor, varying between professionals.

With Simplay, Vallejo wanted to increase the learning outcomes from debriefings. By analyzing data from the simulation through video, Simplay conveys the results in a more visual way. This opens up for a conversation between participants which is not limited by how much or little the instructor can contribute.

The solution focuses on the non-technical elements of these situations, which are often overshadowed by the technical skills the participants are practicing.

Through the visualizations you will for example see how the verbal communication is flowing, and how the different actors move in the room. If anything is uneven, this will be become clear in the visualizations. By addressing these elements, Vallejo hopes to reduce the number of human errors that can occur in emergency situations, as this could be a result of poor communication or mobility.

Simplay came second in the student competition for interaction design and received an honorable mention in the category of speculative concepts.

The jury, consisting of Matt Jones from Google Creative Lab and Ian Spalter from Youtube among others, was very pleased with the Vallejos contribution.

- We were really impressed by both the range of data it captured and the range of ways it visualized data to, hopefully, improve these situations.

In 2014 the application for patent went through, and the project may be developed further by Lærdal Medical.