This project investigates ski resorts and the relevant patient transportation modes and methods, predominately the rescue sled formally known as the AKJA (Aki-JA) complies with current “Duty of Care” responsibilities.
The goal has been to identify areas or gaps and risks within the current use, Akja’s use and through such find solutions through creative problem solving and design intervention. Analysing the Akja’s environment and ski patrol application created a foundation for further exploration into the user’s mechanics and ergonomics.
Using product design tools and techniques, associated risks and design gaps were creatively solved.
Implementation of CAD programs to simulate finite element analysis allowed necessary components to pass relevant international standards and regulation.
By examining the existing precedents, this project highlights the importance and compatibility of medical products and ergonomics for not only the patient but also the users. The redeveloped rescue Akja meets user functionality and relevant “Duty of Care” responsibilities while utilising advanced manufacturing design methods.
This project was a Category winner in the Victorian Premier’s Design Awardshttp://www.premiersdesignawards.com.au/entry/rescue-akja/ Student category 2018.