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Jennifer Riggi

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

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    Revised from today

    my Chart

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    This will be revised over the course of the semester.

  • My Lists


    A. A list of what you want your thesis design to achieve

    B. An itemized list of what you will be presenting as your prototype.

    A. In keeping with proper disposal:

    • Educating what proper disposal is
    • Giving a means for the nurse to “teach” this to patient and family
    • Eliminating Contamination/Exposure to disease
    • Helping Nurse to more easily conduct proper care
    • Easily wearable for Nurse
    • Function informs Nurse of purpose (interface is most important)
    • This function is dedicated to remind Nurse of disposal procedure
    • Eliminating wasteful trucking fuel/costs/possible exposure
    • Raising awareness for the need of new technologies and procedures

    B. First User Testing Feb 4 at Cabrini House: Items being presented

    • Small, wearable nurse purse
    • Possible packaging options/educational guides
    • “Stickers” to easily indicate biohazard materials
    • One interface possibility that disposes of sharps safely
  • NFP User Testing Plan


    1. I don’t really feel comfortable putting my NFP/FP personal contact information on a blog. I can give you their information if you ask me. I will be visiting Peggy Beirne at the Cabrini House this Wednesday, February 4.

    I have also recently received contact information for Nancy Gillman, the owner of Advance Care in New York. I plan to do user testing there because they are very happy to be able to work with me.

    1. For the testing at the Cabrini House, I’ve agreed to meet with Peggy Beirne and discuss my project further with her. She’s going to introduce me to the most helpful people for my project. I am going to leave my first prototype with her, which is a preliminary prototype so that I can get some basic information on what nurses like and don’t like. I will be focusing in prototyping class with PJ on Monday how I can make my prototype speak for itself when I am not there. Also just as important is how I can record information. Once my relationships have been developed further in both cases, I will try and figure out the best way to do user testing in my other two scenarios: nurse with patient, and patient.

    2. The Cabrini House deals with hospice care, but Peggy Beirne has worked in the VNS for many years and she has told me she will be able to put me in touch with nurses that practice aggressive care. These are the ones I plan to interview.

    3. Advance Care is a private company that has agreed to work with me and they deal with giving home IV care to patients (i.e ...

  • Review Feedback


    Just about every critic I talked to said that I needed to do field research with nurses. They said I was knowledgeable about the subject matter through my research but not knowledgeable enough about actual scenarios that nurses may face. They felt that more involvement would inform me about decisions that were important for my design proposal, which is something I completely agree with. Another criticism I received regarded my ability to communicate my topic. Towards the end of the night, I found myself approaching my presentation in a different kind of way, one that was more comprehensive. I also came to the conclusion that I was going to have to tweak my mission statement and really assess my user group. Looking back through the entire semester, I think I have been guided to my proposal because of the research I have found, but I also feel that I need to redirect my focus in order to make my argument stronger. There was a lot of misinterpretation from the critics, which I blame on the way I presented my argument. Stephanie Kubanek also commented on the “holistic” potential that my project has. She said she really liked the diagram on my board showing the treatment of the patient and the removal of the glove. She made a great observation, that the point at which waste becomes not just “my waste” in terms of the patient but infectious medical waste is very important to understand. The human interaction and the standardized disposal of it should be well thought out. I want to ...

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  • My Thesis Board



    Thesis Board

  • Persona Needs


    link to my persona needs

    I am surprised to find that the most important persona is the equipment manufacturer. I was aware that Nurses, Doctors, and Patients were the most important below the manufacturers. Safety, Segregation, and Color were some of the most important aspects although I suspect being ergonomic and intuitive are very important for the Users.

  • Designing Arguments



    This really helped to narrow my focus and target areas missing in my research.

  • (Already Conducted)

    Charrette with Non-Profits

    Home Medical Waste: How can we improve take-back programs, raise awareness about its ill effects, and find green alternatives to incineration.

    Time: 20 minute charrette meetings?

    State Standards: No standards throughout states. National Standards: Especially no National standards

    *Objectives: * Addressing the following 4 issues equally:

    1. Improvement
    2. Raising Awareness (Everyone not just healthcare professionals)
    3. Breaking the cycle by solving at least one point in the problem.
    4. Create a need for greener technologies and change.


    1. What are the materials being used now in the healthcare system.
    2. How can they be greener?
    3. How can they be substituted?
    4. Are there any alternatives already in place?

    Vocabulary: Dioxin: a highly toxic bi-product produced in some manufacturing processes. It is a serious and persistent environmental pollutant. Leaching: make a soluble chemical or mineral drain away from soil, ash, or similar material by the action of percolating liquid. Leeching: a person who extorts profit from or sponges on others. Sharps: a thing with a sharp edge or point such as a needle or a lancet Pharmaceuticals: a compound manufactured for use as a medicinal drug. Home Medical Waste: sharps, containers, bloody bandages, pharmaceuticals Red Bag Waste: any waste that may contain infectious material such as body fluids, blood or any disposable device such as needles, syringes or scalpel blades that may have com...

My Interests

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