Benechill Inc. – IntraNasal Cooling System User Interface 2017-08-04T16:24:50+00:00

Project Description

Internasal Cooling System

Benechill Inc.

Contextual Research, Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, User Experience (UX/UI), Medical & Scientific

Background and Challenges

Benechill Inc. produces non-invasive cooling technologies designed to increase neurologically intact survival rates. The primary challenge Nectar faced was to streamline RhinoChill’s user interface to provide quick and easy access to important functions and setting adjustments, and to eliminate the possibility that emergency medical personnel could become confused about how to operate the device during a medical emergency.

Creating a Streamlined User Interface for Emergency Brain Cooling

With Nectar’s broad knowledge and deep experience working with recognized leaders in the medical field—including such state-of-the-art technology as the award-winning RhinoChill non-invasive, trans-nasal cooling system for BeneChill, Inc.— the firm undertook the challenge of streamlining the user interface for the RhinoChill system. The interface had to be fast, intuitive, free of any friction points, and require no thinking by emergency medical personnel regarding how to operate the device.

Developing a Highly Accessible, Easy-to-Navigate User Interface

Nectar analyzed all of the relevant information regarding use of the RhinoChill non-invasive, trans-nasal cooling system by EMTs and other emergency medical personnel. The team organized all of the device’s functions—including oxygen level, patient internal temperature, coolant level, and coolant pressure monitoring; controls for increasing, decreasing, or stopping the flow of coolant; and logging capabilities for recording the date, time, and beginning and ending patient temperatures for each use—to minimize the total number of selections.

Matching the User Experience to a Medical Emergency

Utilizing BeneChill’s proprietary PFC/gas spray technology, the RhinoChill systems lowers brain temperature to induce mild hypothermia in neurosurgical patients—both during surgery and recovery/intensive care—as well as patients suffering from cardiac arrest. The goal of this blue-sky, conceptual project was to streamline the unit’s user interface to facilitate use by emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and other medical personnel during urgent medical emergencies.

Streamlined User Experience Helps Emergency Personnel Save Lives

The Nectar user interface can help EMTs and emergency medical personnel more efficiently operate the RhinoChill non-invasive, trans-nasal cooling system to induce therapeutic hypothermia. Two out of three patients who are successfully resuscitated from cardiac arrest die as a result of brain damage related to loss of blood flow and oxygen to the brain.

By using the RhinoChill system to lower patient brain temperature to induce mild hypothermia, health care professionals can significantly lessen the physical impact of ischemia/reperfusion events, which occur as a result of cardiac arrest and loss of blood flow during neurosurgical procedures. Nectar’s new user interface for the device, which won the 2012 Critical Care and Emergency Medicine Product of the Year category prize in the MEDTEC EMDT Innovation Awards, enables emergency personnel to more quickly and more easily operate the device, lowering patient brain temperature and improving survival rates for resuscitation survivors.