To sign up for this cluster, use Bison code L.27364.
Important note: students G&T (Health and Applied Technology) use L.27365.
Note: this cluster is suitable for VPK- and G&T-students with the specialisation Hartfunctielaborant
This cluster consists of the following projects:

Physical strain on ultrasound workers

Echoes/ultrasounds of the heart are made in a static position. The ultrasound is made by pushing a ‘probe’ against the chest. The cardiac function laboratory technician must exert the necessary force for this. The patient lies on the left side during the procedure. The ultrasound technician is sitting in front of the patient (makes the ultrasound with the left hand) or is sitting behind the patient (makes the ultrasound with the right hand). More and more colleagues are experiencing physical problems. These problems are localized in the shoulder, neck, arms, wrist and thumb. At the moment, there are ultrasound technicians who can make ultrasounds on both the left and right side, so that the physical load is reduced. However, this solution is insufficient to prevent complaints. In addition, we see an increase in older patients and overweight patients, making it more difficult to make high-quality ultrasounds with all the physical consequences this entails for the ultrasound technician. The question now is how to prevent physical complaints. Students from various study programs can participate in this project. This includes nursing students who are following a training course for cardiac function laboratory technician, as well as physiotherapy students and students who are following technical training, because they may be considered capable of proposing adjustments to the equipment.

Light supply in the ultrasound rooms

A dark environment is an optimal condition to make a good quality ultrasound. The ultrasound assessment is also performed in the same environment. This means that ultrasound technicians have to work for about 4 hours in a dark environment. Working under these conditions will increase the level of melatonin. By increasing melatonin ultrasound technicians experience fatigue complaints, listlessness, sleepy eyes and a drowsy feeling. How can an optimal form of artificial light prevent or reduce the problems mentioned before, so that ultrasound technicians remain alert while performing the ultrasound, but are also energetic after working hours? Since Slingeland hospital will move to a new building in about 5 years’ time, the aim is not only to look at the current situation, but also at possibilities for the new building.

Healthy ageing in a healthy living environment

You have the skills to help us with generating solutions to create a healthy living environment that promotes physical activity. If you also have the enthusiasm to use your semester to contribute to improving the lives of older people with a migration background, this is the project for you! Similar to the general trend in our country and city, the population of people with a migration background can also be characterised as an ageing population. Factors related to lifestyle, the use of health and welfare services, and a higher level of prevalence of mental problems negatively contribute to their health status. These challenges require specific interventions in order to have a positive effect on their lifestyle. The direct living environment of the older person should be considered and we invite you to use your creativity to design a solution that has the potential to contribute to a healthy lifestyle and thereby supporting the ageing process of older people with a migration background. Solutions that tackle these problems might be found in technology or e-health, if applicable for this target group. However, other solutions could also be considered. Involving the users (older persons and their caregivers) is of major importance in this project, as the aim is to design a solution in co-creation with the users.

Meaningful activities for Turkish elderly – a community-based approach

You have the skills to help us with designing meaningful community-based (eHealth) interventions/activities. If you also have the enthusiasm to use your semester to improve the lives of Turkish older women, this is the project for you! In Deventer, there are currently 6.730 people with a Turkish migration background (, making it the largest not non-western community in the city. Similar to the general trend in our country and city, this population can also be characterised as an ageing population. Factors related to lifestyle, the use of health and welfare services, and a higher level of prevalence of mental problems, negatively contribute to the health status of the Turkish older adults. These challenges require specific interventions aiming to improve the overall health and well-being of this group to ensure a healthy ageing population. Methods such as action research and co-creation will be used to develop interventions that enable Turkish people to take control of their ageing process. However, one thing in particular is still a challenge: Before we can explore their wishes and needs towards healthy ageing, we first have to build  trust. Therefore, we have to invest in a natural and respectful relationship by means of discovering, designing and conducting meaningful community based (eHealth) interventions / activities with them. Interventions or activities based on a exchange of talents (or cultural habits) of the target group, researchers and students of Saxion e.g. cooking together, giving Dutch/ Turkish lessons, offering iPad or computer training, extragaming, etc. In your smart solutions project, strengths of this population have to be recognised and taken into account to build up a fruitful cooperation. Components of the project will include: Investing in the relationship with Turkish older women and important stakeholders by being present at meetings with the target group, researching what kind of community based (eHealth) interventions/ activities are wanted and needed, taking into account the wishes and needs of the target group, working with Turkish older women and researchers at Saxion to design the community based (eHealth) interventions (coming up with ideas and piloting them with users).

Healthy and active ageing in a nursing home

This project is a follow-up to Smart Solutions projects from September 2019. This group is focused on establishing and developing interventions to remain healthy and active in a nursing home. Previous groups have investigated best practices and needs of staff members and older persons. Your group will also think about innovative ways to introduces the interventions. Due to the Corona-pandemic, there may be some actions that have to be repeated (i.e. needs of older adults). ‘De Posten is a nursing home that wants to look at the differences between people and their needs and wishes with new eyes. People are what matters, not the illness.’ This philosophy echoes the new definition of (positive) health put forth by Machteld Huber (2012): Health is the capcity to adapt and manage ones own affairs, in the light of physical, emotional and social challenges to life. (De Posten, 2018). This principle has been translated into an objective for a multi-annual programme so that clients in the nursing home fill their days with qualitative and meaningfull experiences. Physical movement is, together with music and plant life, one most important interventions for reaching this objective. ‘The premise is the desire to implement and entrench MOVEMENT in De Posten. Not as a goal in itself, but for movement to contribute to the overall quality of life and well-being of the clients of De Posten.’ (De Posten, 2018). ‘A growing number of older adults leads to an increasingly complex demand for care (De Posten, 2018).’ ‘Technology has been developed which can be brought to bear in care.  With product innovations such as the Tovertafel (magic table), Fietslabyrinth (bicycle labyrinth), de Qwiek, domotica and interactive games (Axendo Kinemoto), there are ever more possibilities to facilitate movement for those with a heavy care burden. Technological devices have been developed such as an image watch and activity meter which are easily to implement .’ (De Posten, 2018). The question remains, however, as to whether these technological applications: 1) align with the wishes and needs of the older adults and their caregivers; 2) help to get people physically moving; 3) can be guaranteed in regular (care)process so that movement becomes an integral part of well-being and life at De Posten. This project forms part of the partnership between De Posten, Saxion, ROC Twente and the University of Twente.

Get Moving 2.0

Presently, many tools and apps are available to help people to enhance their lifestyle. However, it remains a challenge to tempt people in using them. Do you like to design an original tool to help your fellow students of Saxion develop a healthy lifestyle? Aim of this project: To develop a TamaGotchi and implement it, to diminish sedentary time in students of Saxion and to enhance consciousness about a healthy lifestyle, in students of Saxion. A first Smart Solutions Group worked on this project. A prototype of a TamaGOtchi (app for smartphone) as well as a communicationplan to diminish sedentary lifestyle, and to enhance physical activity and use of stairs in the Saxion Building Deventer were being developed and described in detail. Recommendations are being made for interventions, as well as for implementation. However, now circumstances changed, because of Corona. We expect students will be less present in the Saxion buildings in the near future. Therefore, the focus of the TamaGotchi and of the implemenationplan should be the everyday life of students in and around their own home. Goal: This new project again aims to diminish sedentary time of students of Saxion, in all locations. First aim is that students spend less hours sedentary. Second aim is to enhance consciousness about a healthy lifestyle, in students of all academies. Third aim is that future clients of our students benefit of this enhanced consciousness: this may be healthy persons, or persons at risk, or persons that already suffer healthproblems. This implicates that students of all academies are the final targetgroup, needing an enhanced consciousness about the need of physical activity. The recommendations of the first 3S-group need to be followed up, and the interventions implemented. Furthermore, we encourage the development of new interventions to reach the goals, and disseminate the project to all students. In this project, participation of targetgroups (students of Saxion) will be needed. The prototype of the solution needs to be tested and evaluated using research, resulting in a better prototype and a final product. At the end of the design phase, the final product needs to be implemented in practice. Interventions for implementation need to be executed. Research is needed to measure the test results of the interventions and the tool, and to measure the reach of implementation.

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