P19093: Over-Bed Hospital Table
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Problem Definition

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Problem Statement

Background

Bedside tables are used by patients for convenience, personal, and medical needs. It is a movable flat surface that hospitals and medical facilities use. Current bedside tables have limited surface area and it is too easy to knock objects off of them. In addition, moving the table is often inconvenient for healthcare providers.

Objective

The goal of the project is to collaborate with the Industrial Design team who is currently modifying an existing prototype of a bedside table. A critical issue with the current design is that the base cannot support the tabletop. The MSD team’s main focus will be redesigning the base to support the tabletop, fit easily under a hospital bed, and be easy to clean and maneuver. The final goal of this project is to create a working prototype that suits Rochester Regional Hospital’s needs and requirements.

Team Vision for Problem Definition Phase

During the Project Definition Phase, Team P19093 attempted to clearly define the scope of our project. This was primarily accomplished by:

Project Goals and Key Deliverables

The goal for the MSD team is to prototype a hospital bedside table base and integrate it with the Industrial Design team’s tabletop. The following key deliverables detail what the customer will receive at the completion of this project.

Deliverables:

Stakeholders

The stakeholders and levels are as follows:

Primary:

Secondary:

Tertiary:

Interview Process

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Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements are the basis for what the design of a project will entail. They are typically determined by interviewing the customer and key stakeholders.

The following are the bedside table customer requirements the MSD team will be focusing on which are the base and tabletop designs. The requirements were determined by discussing the current status of the project with the Industrial Design team. The Industrial Design team will focus on other aspects of the bedside table such as height adjustment mechanism.

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

The following is a ranking scale from 1-10 which determines the importance of each customer requirement. The same scale is used for the next 2 sections, the Engineering Requirements and House of Quality.

Ranking Scale

Ranking Scale

Engineering Requirements

The following are Engineering Requirements based on Customer Requirements. They are measurable values shown in both SI and English units

Engineering Requirements SI Units

Engineering Requirements SI Units

Engineering Requirements English Units

Engineering Requirements English Units

House of Quality

The House of Quality is a chart that crosses the Customer and Engineering Requirements. It's purpose is to show what engineering requirements fall under what customer requirements, which Customer Requirement(s) are top priorities, and to show if there are any gaps that can be resolved early on so no major issues arise later in the design phase.
Customer Requirements vs Engineering Requirements

Customer Requirements vs Engineering Requirements

Use Cases

We considered different use case scenarios that the patients may need to use the bedside table.

This was an early concept use scenario:

Bedside Table Use Scenario 1

Bedside Table Use Scenario 1

This is the current use scenario:

Bedside Table Use Scenario 2

Bedside Table Use Scenario 2

Constraints

Risk Assessment

Preliminary Risk Assessment broken down by category:
Risk Assessment

Risk Assessment

Problem Definition Project Timeline

The following shows the project timeline for the Problem Definition Phase. Attached is the most up to date project timeline: Project Timeline
Problem Definition Phase Project Timeline

Problem Definition Phase Project Timeline

Plans for next phase

The following are each individual's project timeline for the systems design phase.

Design Review Materials

Here are the links to notes and review material for the Problem Definition Review (PDR):

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