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Jennifer Riggi

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008


  • Scenerio_3_177_

    This last scenario deals specifically with transportation only. It focuses on designing products for Home Care Nurses so that they may transport equipment, waste, and themselves to and from the hospital more easily. This is the design proposal which I will be pursuing for my thesis because I feel that the products can have applications in the other two scenarios, but they should be made specifically for this purpose. Segregation and Transportation are key elements to reducing and disposing of waste properly.

  • Scenerio_2_177_

    In this Scenario, the Doctor must travel from Operating room to Operating room where there is not an adequate place to dispose of clothes and materials. Instead the Doctor hands everything to a nurse who then disposes of it in the regular trash. Now all of that waste must me treated as medical waste. If the disposal was easily transported to that site in an emergency situation then this would not happen. During emergencies, quick, easy, transportable solutions in the form of products need to be administered to prevent unwanted waste.

  • Scenerio_2_177_

    In this Scenario, the Doctor must travel from Operating room to Operating room where there is not an adequate place to dispose of clothes and materials. Instead the Doctor hands everything to a nurse who then disposes of it in the regular trash. Now all of that waste must me treated as medical waste. If the disposal was easily transported to that site in an emergency situation then this would not happen. During emergencies, quick, easy, transportable solutions in the form of products need to be administered to prevent unwanted waste.

  • Scenerio_1_177_

    This Scenario would take place in a Hospital Room. Hospitals cannot run the risk of putting "red bags" into the rooms because patients visitors and lazy healthcare professionals tend to throw regular trash in the red bag disposal bin. Transportation is very important here because the "red bag" must either be transported there for emergency use, or compact so that it can appear when needed.

  • Materials Research

    Education

    Materials_177_

    Materials: Analyzing similar products

    What are products that serve a similar purpose? -Commercial

    -Flyer

    -Lead Containers

    -Red Chemical Disposal Bucket

    -Pill Dispenser

    -Biohazard Container

    -Backpack

    -Sigg Containers

    -Milk Carton

    -Silicon/Rubber Containers

    -Vernacare Urine Containers

    -StarSyringe: AutoDisable

    -Pamphlet: Policies, Safety Precautions, Education

    -Construction Toolbelt

    -Briefcase

    -Herman Miller Rolling Carts

    -Suitcase

    -Scrubs/Uniforms

    -Aprons

    -Rubber Gloves

    -Head Caps

    -Contamination Prevention Dress

    -Alternative Products that do not use PVC, DEHP, Dioxin, Mercury

    -Trash Bags

    What are the material qualities of products that serve this audience?

    -(Health Care Professionals: Specifically Nurses, Patients Administering -Self Care)

    -Education

    -Alternate Materials

    -Sustainability

    -Biohazard

    -Liquid

    -Recycle

    -Opaque

    -Sanitation

    -Portable

    -Leakproof

    -Hard

    -Tough

    -Metal

    -Toxic

    -Plastic

    -Cold

    -Clean

    -Dirty

    -Cart

    -Scary

    -Glass

    -Plastic

    -Easy

    -Highly Functional

    -Fast

    -Convenient

    -Safe

    -Intuitive

    -Warm

    -Soft

    -Flexible

    -Clear

    -Light

    -Matte

    -Glossy

    -Textured

    -Brighty Colored

    -Delicate

    -Elegant

    -Honest

    -Lasting

    -Serious

    -Friendly

    -Trendy

    -Ergonomic

    -Wearable

    -Tracking

    -Secure

    -Sealed

    -Locking

    -Easily Transportable

    What are materials and manufacturing processes that are available and appropriate for your location? (Location: Hospital and Home Medical Care)

    -Injection Molded Plastics

    -Living Hinges

    ...
  • My thesis mission is to raise awareness about the harmful effects of improper medical waste disposal in the home by creating a product and a program that reduces the impact these effects have on people and the environment.

    1. There is a huge difference between what people know about how to properly dispose of things and how they actually do it.
    2. Most people aren’t aware of the large amount of waste that comes from medical equipment.
    3. Most people do not know that it is incinerated, and they don’t understand how these practices can directly affect their health.
    4. I thought I had to focus on home medical waste and try to solve all the problems revolving around improper disposal, but I am finding that the problem I have identified as my biggest concern is the incineration.
    5. My strategy is to raise awareness about the larger issue because I cannot stop the problem with one product. Instead I can tackle one smaller problem that slowly breaks the cycle and perhaps makes a small change that leads to a bigger change in the future.

    I have identified three areas of design opportunities. First of all I think it is really important for the waste to travel easily. This would make the jobs of the Visiting Nurses, and users of the medical equipment able to bring them to take back places in a safe manner. I think its also important to introduce some kind of segregation system that separates materials into like containers where they can be color coded and disposed of in the manner which best...

  • NFP-Part 2 Draft

    Well-being

    Jennifer Riggi Draft for 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.

    Materials:

    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 ...

  • NFP-Part 1

    Well-being

    So far, I have multiple NFPs and organizations that I want to work with. Because my topic needs such a large variety of research expertise I have made contact with these following NFPs/Organiations: P2D2 Program, Health Care Without Harm: The Nurses Work Group and Medical Waste Work Group, Morristown Memorial Hospital, NYC Wastele$$, and Solar one Estuary and Native Plants Program. As of right now I am waiting to hear back from Solar one and NYC Wastele$$. I have had correspondance with NYC Wastele$$ but basically nothing further than general information inquiries answered. It is a program run by the New York City Bureau of Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling and it strives to educate New Yorkers how to dispose of certain wastes such as medical products properly. Solar one seems like a great way to speak with specialists regarding the testing of NY water supply. I would like to ask them questions about testing for hormones and antibiotics and to have them take me on an educational tour. I have had multiple correspondance with the P2D2 program in Pontiac Illinois. This program run by a local highschool teaches people how to dispose of pharmaceuticals properly. Speaking with the founder has been an information gold mine. Studying his proposed take back program really sheds light on the size of the problem my thesis deals with. I also had the chance to visit Morristown Memorial Hospital in NJ to meet with the Hospital Environmental Director. The waste manager, took me through ...

  • NFP Contact

    Community

    Picture of NFP Site Visit

    These are two pictures from Atlantic Health Systems in Morristown NJ. I went on a site visit there where I was taken through the entire waste disposal process within the hospital. According to their statistics, they generate about 1 million lbs of medical waste each year. They are a fairly large hospital, but do not compare to large urban hospitals such as those in New York City who can generate around 2 tons of medical waste each year. It was really educational and enlightening to speak with the Director of Waste Management because he was very concerned in all the ways that he can reduce the waste. The hospital works with SharpSmart, a distribution and incineration company that handles the organization and outsourcing of the waste 5 days a week. The hospital pays about 23 cents per lb of waste which is a great incentive to cut costs. One thing that struck me as very interesting were the containers they used to dispose. Not only was the color coding system fantastically organized, but the containers were designed so that once something is put in, it cannot be taken out and hands cannot go in. The containers also lock and they are reusable. Everything else gets shredded except for the containers that are reused. My other NFP is P2D2 program in Pontiac Illinois. They deal with instituting take back programs by educating the school system in the proper disposal of pharmaceuticals. I have other NFPs I am looking into. I need many to supplement all of my...

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My Interests

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