Photo: Redesigning Spectrum Health’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Students in the Industrial Design and Interior Design programs at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) collaborated with Spectrum Health Innovations to redesign existing patient rooms in Spectrum Health's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU). The EMU is a dedicated department of at present twelve rooms that support neurodiagnostic testing, which identifies the source of seizure activity in epilepsy patients’ brains. Current technology in EMUs confines patients to their beds, often for several days. They are allowed elsewhere only with the assistance of nurses.
Emerging technology aims to increase patients’ mobility and therefore overall comfort. But as seizures are expected with epilepsy patients, safety within the EMU is still the primary concern. Students are working to create room layouts and furniture designs that can help solve this mobility issue.
Learn more about KCAD's Industrial Design program at kcad.edu/industrial.
Learn more about KCAD's Interior Design program at kcad.edu/interiordesign.