Medical Equipment Repair Instructons

Building a visual system to help a developing nation

Duke University has developed an instructional course to be deployed in developing nations to assist in the repair of broken medical equipment. Most developing nations receive donated medical equipment, and the cost to send out a repair technician is as high as purchasing a new piece of equipment. After conducting some studies, it was found that over 70% of the broken equipment could be repaired by following simple steps.

Our Design Ideation class partnered with Duke University to transform the written instructions, which required the user to understand English which was written from an engineering perspective, in to visual instructions. Not only would the visual instructions be more understandable, but they would require less paper to distribute, which would cut down on the cost for the students.

We initially broke in to teams of two and worked through a module of the medical equipment repair program. Since I am not familiar with soldering and perfboards, it was very helpful to try and build the unit that I was supposed to visually explain.

After my partner and I successfully built a working circuit tester, we split up to each develop a visual system and poster to lead students through the steps needed to complete the learning module. I aimed to keep the viewing angle consistent with how the students in Rwanda would be seeing the parts as they worked. You can view the full report below, which includes the progression from documentation to final poster, an overview of learnings obtained from an interview with Dr. Robert Malkin, and initial concepts for an extended learning system distributed via SMS.