To sign up for this cluster, use Bison code L.27373.
Important note: students G&T (Health and Applied Technology) use L.27372.
This cluster consists of the following projects:

Domotics to prevent fall incidents

In the Slingeland Hospital in Doetinchem, we are confronted with an increasing number of fall incidents in frail elderly people with cognitive disorders such as dementia and delirium. Currently, a bed alarm is used on which the nurse receives a call when the patient is at risk of getting out of bed. Literature shows that this type of bed alarm system is not effective to prevent fall incidents. In a few years, a new hospital will be built, in which mainly single rooms are available with less supervision. We know from experiences in other hospitals that single rooms will likely increase the prevalence of fall incidents. For that reason we are looking for better domotics to prevent fall incidents. In addition, the new hospital building will be  equiped with smart building infrastructure, which gives opportunities to apply state of the art technology related to prevention of fall incidents. In this project, you will investigate which domotics are available and how these domotics can be improved (e.g. technical, practical, usiblity, use of data for artificial intelligence). This requires both knowledge of the causes of fall incidents in the hospital and application of technological solutions, such as domotics, algorithms and artificial intelligence, to prevent these incidents. Therefore, this is a challenge for students who want to collaborate interdisciplinary.

Skinbreeze 3.0

This project is about an innovative textile concept for the healthcare sector for people at risk of developing pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores or decubitus. Examples are people who are bed-ridden for extended periods, as well as people in wheelchairs. Pressure ulcers are localized injuries to the skin and sometimes underlying tissues as well. They occur on sides of the body with little to no fat between the skin and the bone (e.g. sacrum, heels, etc.). The sores are a repercussion of pressure, or pressure in combination with shear and/or friction that occur when people are bed-ridden for extended periods of time. Thereby studies have proven that the micro-climate on the skin is an important factor for the onset of decubitus ulcers. Decubitus is a serious international healthcare problem and a growing concern in our society – with an aging population, an increasing number of elderly people become bed-ridden for certain periods. Decubitus is a very painful disease and it is responsible for a significant increase of healthcare costs in our society. SkinBreeze is a new multilayer textile platform that is designed to optimize the climate on the skin. SkinBreeze focuses on the micro climate (moisture regulation and temperature) of the skin. Clothing and support devices made with SkinBreeze keep the skin cool, dry and healthy! The goals of the project are: a) to develop a working prototype that prevents – or at least delays – the onset of pressure ulcers (decubitus) on the heels. Part A of the project should be completed with a suitable prototype that can be the basis for real-life testing in collaboration with healthcare institutions, b) to develop a Go to Market strategy for this new SkinBreeze product. The current market for Pressure Relief devices is growing and consists mainly of preventative products that focus on the reduction or redistribution of pressure. For instance, pressure-redistributing beds, mattresses and cushion. Competitors in the market with preventative textile products have developed bed sheets (Dermatherapy), socks (Glidewear) and underwear (Glidewear and Parafricta).

Intervention Mapping

Healthcare workers are motivating people to healthy behaviour (preventative). Therefore, the increase of self-management is of great importance. Intervention Mapping (IM) is an effective protocol to develop and secure health interventions. Evidence based work, communication and the accurate connection to a target group is of great importance. (Sassen, 2018). IM has a prominent place in the health and prevention education and is therefore part of several exams. However, the way these are presented at this time within AGZ Saxion as well as the country could be improved. The main problem is that the theoretical parts are (might be) too abstract while the practical part is not emphasised enough. It is therefore necessary to discover the needs of the students within the School of Health (Verpleegkunde, Gezondheid en Techniek, Fysiotherapie en Podotherapie) with respect to the improvement of Intervention Mapping in education, and the inclusion of technological solutions. The intention is that you and other students research how IM can be innovatively  integrated within Saxion education and advise how this can be done in co-operation with the ‘Landelijke Hogescholen’ throughout the country.  Your challenge will be to create, implement and secure a (technical) method which explores the needs of students, lecturers, and professionals. There is a lot involved, think about the identification of the meaning of IM, which (technical) innovative teaching method is most suitable to teach students, the development of this teaching method, tackling the bugs which might present itself in the technical part of the method, keeping in mind the aspects of privacy and how all of these are to be integrated within Saxion and a possible nation wide advice to ‘Hogescholen’. In addition to these, there are Marketing, PR, Communication, and the development of business alliances. With this project, you will help us contribute to our ambition to provide challenging education, which includes technology and self-management as a driving force and thus ultimately results in the strengthening of Healthcare through well educated students.

Xsens – innovative workload and working posture measurement

Wireless motion sensors are a promising technology to measure workload in employees. At Saxion we have an expanded Xsens system (Awinda), often used for top-sport, game- and movie-industry It delivers spectacular live registration of movements, as you can see in the video below. In this project, we want to use the wireless 3D motion sensors (accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers) of this Xsens system and the new DOT sensors to measure different aspects of physical activity and full-body joint kinematics in a specific work environment. A team of students, starting in September 2019, focused on research on the possibilities of the expanded Xsens for measuring workload. They also developed a prototype wearable for the workers, which helps them to prevent physical overuse. Another group of students, starting in February 2020, did an additional study on nursing physical overload and explored new innovations/wearables to prevent physical workrelated disorders. In the client’s view, the new project starting in September 2020 must be about: measurement workload with the expanded Xsens system (Awinda) including report in nurses, quality improvement of the “prototype” wearable and building interfaces (API’s), exploring applications of the new DOT sensors. To succeed in this project, it is important to combine students of Health & Applied Technology, Physical Therapy, Nursing, HBO-ICT and Industrial Design.  All of them will have a challenging fantastic job to be done! See also ‘Study programs.’ Nowadays, workload assessment is done by physiotherapist,s with time-consuming and less reliable questionnaires and standardized lab protocols. The use of an Xsens system makes it possible to measure in a real work situation (like for example a nurse that is moving a bed of a patient) and gives the occupational health profession and the employees more insight in the risk factors for this employee. Therefore, interventions that prevent or treat physical complaints, like neck and back pain, can be chosen more specifically in this population.

Your first step gets you moving – a competitive serious game with a fun factor

How do you change the lifestyle behaviour of factory workers to enhance their health and sustainable employability? It should be fun, competitive, low budget, easy, for all ages. Sounds simple, but it’s quite challenging to develop an intervention that fits the situation and the population. A successful prototype game was developed with the Design Thinking Method and tested by a student for our partner Twentse Kabel Fabriek in Haaksbergen. Enthousiastic about the prototype, they want to develop the game further to a more professional game with appropriate measurement tools for lifestyle factors, such as physical activity (steps?), food and maybe smoking and alcohol consumption. Especially the way to optimize collecting the data digitally, feed results back in a game and visualize this for the workers, are goals in this project. This cannot be done without knowledge about health and lifestyle. Enrolling and testing the game in the factory (n>100) is part of the project too, so you will experience the results of your tool yourself. This requires good communication and research skills. In this project you will regularly be at Twentse Kabel Fabriek, where you will get support from human resource management, and contact with the workers on the floor and their leaders will be facilitated. An occupational physiotherapist (Huub Hodes) is available for support, as well as researchers from the researchgroup Health and Movement.

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