In an effort to "humanize the hospital," design student Alissa Rees developed a wearable that supports intravenous systems called 'IV-Walk.'
The patient-friendly design features a soft fabric that can be worn over the patient's shoulders, offering more mobility than the traditional rigid metal pole. Based on her own personal experiences as a long-term hospital patient, Rees noted that current IV systems greatly restrict a patient's freedom, making trips outside of the room, or to the bathroom incredibly difficult.
The drip pouches are stored within this wearable design -- fluids are then pumped through a tube, and into the hand. With IV-walk patients are granted the opportunity to move more freely, helping individuals walk outside and feel a greater sense of autonomy that's often vital to making a quick recovery.