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Jennifer Riggi

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Outline for Presentation:

    1. Current Waste Practice of Home Nursing

    2. What is wrong with this disposal method? Who does it effect?

    3. What do the patients and the nurses not know about the effects of this method?

    4. How can they become educated about their disposal methods and what can they do to play a role in the cause of their actions?

    5. How does Haz-Kit answer all of afore mentioned problems?

    6. What is Haz-Kit and what is the lifecycle of the product?

    7. How does it work?

    8. What are the specific design considerations that answer these questions?

    9. What can Haz-Kit be in the future and who can use this?

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    I met with a 30 yr old female with Type 1 Diabetes.

    She had a lot of great feedback regarding the biohazard container aspect of my design, but she had a lot of criticisms about the aesthetics of it.

    First of all, she explained to me that she tries to hide her condition as much as possible so that people don't discriminate against her and so that she feels like a "normal" person in public. She wears a glucose pump, which is a bit different than the population I am targeting, but she still deals with the same social issues and she just recently got the pump so she used to give herself injections. Here is a summarizing list of what she had to say:

    1. Orange is not a good color because it makes the person stick out in a crowd. Maybe a logo would be better, and the muslin color is a great discreet color for a bag.

    2. This should not be a purse but an insert inside of a purse because then it isn't just one extra thing to carry around. She wishes she had something more stylish and she hates that when she goes out she can't bring a small clutch because of all of her equipment.

    3. She wishes there was a special container for her glucose tablets.

    4. She tests her sugar every 2 hours, but a type two diabetic would test it 3-4 times a day.

    5. She reuses needles and lancets 3-4 times before she throws them away because they are expensive and she wants to get the most out of them.

    6. She wishes things were more fashionable, especially her glucose monitor kit because it looks like a fanny pack...

  • Mid-Review Feedback


    I am going to categorize the list of feedback into three parts since I received comments on my board as well as my prototype and research.


    1. Rework the cycle graphic in my board. For now, it doesn't seem like my intervention is an intervention but a part of the cycle.

    2. Technical drawings on the board need to indicate an importance. They cannot simply exist in a bubble.


    1. Size of waste container and receptacle: Should correspond to the amount of waste that is being thrown away. Depends on the patients need for insulin. Maybe there is a large size and a small size.

    2. Packaging design needs to make the user feel good about disposing the waste in this way. Not feel guilty like the current example.

    3. There needs to be a clear separation of clean and dirty in the bag so that the clean doesn't get contaminated and the dirty stays where its meant to be.

    4. Bag can be reversed when it comes to color options for discretion or visibility.

    5. Needs an icon.

    6. Clicking sound so that the two detachable parts have a sound indicator when properly attached is very important.


    1. Who foots the bill for the postage? (Insurance company like Medicare)

    2. What is the normal time to get rid of such wastes? How long can they be around without posing a health threat? Size of container should directly relate to this statistic.

    3. Indicate difference of diabetic care in the home and people with juvenile diabetes. In other words understand difference in all of these treatments and how wa...

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  • NursAid-Kit



    My thesis mission reduces the harmful effects of improper medical waste disposal in the home by creating a product and a program that aids nurses in the enforcement of proper disposal techniques.

  • Prototyping




    -These are the different Prototyping forms/ working parts that I have made.

    -The first form is the rotating biohazard container, it keeps the nurse/patient/patient family from reaching inside and accidentally sticking their fingers. The entire piece is then removed and disposed of when full. The rotational piece sticks out of the side of the bag and the needle is inserted through the top.

    -The second form allows the needles to be put in through the top, but that part stays and the "cartridge" or the collection container is removed through the side and then disposed of instead of the entire piece.

    -The cardboard/plastic iterations are size studies as well as material changes.

    -For future prototypes in the next week I will be experimenting with size and form. I will also start to consider the other aspects of diabetic care and how they can be incorporated inside of the purse. Details such as how the containers stay in place and how they can be easily removed will also be explored.

    So far possible materials are: Recycled Paper Pulp, HDPE, Rip-Stop Nylon, Self-Skinning Foam

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  • Boards



    Open for Suggestions.

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    Board 2

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design