Industrial Design

Redesign and UX improvements of a medical device for Fresenius Kabi

Fresenius Kabi AG is an international healthcare company offering pharmaceuticals and medical devices for infusion, transfusion, and clinical nutrition.

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Research and field of application

Mechanical autotransfusion is support and partial alternative to transfusion with donor blood. It enables patients to receive their erythrocytes quickly during surgery or increased blood loss. This method is used in cardiac, vascular, trauma surgery, and orthopedics.

Design process

A research phase was first initiated, which enabled a deep familiarisation with the topic. In particular, we examined the ergonomics and user experience of the product. Part of the ergonomic investigations was, among other things, the handling of the device itself. For example, how can it be moved into the operating room? How ergonomic is the user input on the HMI? Are all functions identified and easy to understand?

Style guiding and visualization

These investigations and the resulting redesign of the C.A.T.S system is a visually modern design focusing on user ergonomics and experience. The new large and height-adjustable touch screen allows easy operation and better readability for the user, and the front handles allow easy handling of the unit. In addition, the new color concept of the operable elements in a blue accent color and the help function with text and pictures offer a more intuitive use of the device. The CATSmart is used in operating theatres worldwide.