Bronze 2017 / Design For Society / Design for Public Awareness / Professional

Stealth Bmod

  • Company
  • Director
    Mikael Bäckström
  • Design Team
    Alan Rosenfield, Steve Remy

Dangerous microorganisms can be transmitted by peoples' hands, making hand hygiene through hand washes or sanitizers critical to public health. Devices dispensing a hand hygiene soaps and sanitizers have been an effective tool in the fight against infection. Unfortunately, compliance and use of these hand sanitation devices are not adhered to strictly over time. Habituation, or a diminished response to stimuli over time, is an influential factor in hand hygiene negligence. The simple task of dispensing a sanitizing solution can become easily forgotten with no reminders present. Stealth hand hygiene dispenser is designed to increase hand hygiene compliance in many environments. Users eyes are guided to the actuation lever by the curvature of the front housing. The durable dispenser housing and lever can be actuated from 180 degrees. To ensure the dispenser remains full, Stealth features a large window to check fluid level and improved mechanism to simplify bag loading. An integrated placard and light system employs behavior drivers to break habituation. These behavior drivers are regularly changed to continually bring attention to the dispensers. Additionally, placards help institutions bring hand hygiene campaigns to the dispensers. Studies at three hospitals have shown that these behavior drivers increase dispenser usage. Both Stealth dispenser and the integrated behavior modification system help bring attention to hand hygiene.

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