Can we increase nebuliser adherence and delivery efficiency?

Design limitations can impact nebuliser treatments. This results in lower than ideal drug delivery and patient adherence, mainly affecting children and elderly patients. We set ourselves a challenge to identify user-focused improvements to nebuliser design that also reduce drug and material waste.

With our understanding of nebuliser systems and proven user-centred approach, KD is ideally placed to explore issues beyond just mechanical device delivery. Our objective was to uncover opportunity areas and provide basic design concepts to illustrate these opportunities.

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Design solutions for different user groups

By collaborating with our design and innovation and engineering teams, we gained business insights and an improved understanding of human factors. We focused on facemasks over mouthpieces due to their predominant use among the demographics most affected. We then created design solutions for different patient user groups, with a tiered approach for some.

Background collaborative work on the nebuliser at KD

Uncovering wider needs

We discovered three principles that underpinned the project findings:
Empower patient ‘ownership’ across all aspects of treatment
Better recognise the patient and carer’s specific circumstances
Further understand the patient’s needs after nebuliser treatment

At KD, we understand a holistic approach is key to project success. Our stakeholder impact considerations go beyond the patient to include healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, insurance companies and the government.

We delivered a series of webinars discussing our findings and the future of nebulisers within the wider community. To find out more, get in touch below.