A PPE kit that allows the wearer to Pee safely without taking out the protective equipment using an attachable one way valve port.
Some of the challenges faced by PPE kit is communication but the most crucial problem without a solution till now is the problem of answering nature's call or peeing while wearing PPE kit.
Doctors & medical staff has to wear the PPE kits for hours and hold their Pee for hours. I have seen some doctors not even taking water before wearing PPE kits to reduce urine formation because once they are wearing PPE they cannot take it off as it is disposable and lead to pathogen exposure.
The PEE PEE kit can be attached to any PPE kit existing in the market, it can be fitted like a button on the regular PPE kit, it can be clipped on the pelvic region of the PPE, it is like a button that can be clipped from one side of PPE and tightened from the opposite side sealing the PPE completely, this will provide one way valve controlled flow of liquid out from the PPE to outside, this one way valve will be activated to drain out only after attaching the drainout tube or attachment, this has a button to control the flow out.
Urine will be collected in a bladder connected to this outlet, once the bladder is full it can be emptied using a portable connector, that can be attached to the button in the pelvic region, this will help empty the bladder.
The urine is collected using a urine collecting pouch that can be inserted in the under wear, it is a unisex model that will work for both men & women. A small tube carries urine from it and fills the bladder housed within the PPE, from where it can be taken out.
So users can just PEE in the bladder and this can be emptied out by connecting the portable connector which is like a pen, this helps to aim the PEE back in an urinal or toilet or in an alternative design we can avoid the bladder setup in that case user can PEE only after connecting the drain out attachment.
The button connector should be made safe to avoid pathogens from getting in as it is one way valve it is easier compared to an IVF catheter connector where we directly inject fluid to veins.
Who will take these actions?
MIT’s Fabric Hub team, currently recruiting team for development, I have signed up for MIT Grand hack medicine probably get some team members there.
What are the projected costs?
Approximate $5000 for research & development, till the final prototype is rolled out.
Initial 3 months - Research & development
4th Month - MVP roll out for feedback
5th Month - Revised prototype with feedbacks incorporated
6th Month - Final prototype, pitching to partners and companies for mass manufacture & setting up online store for selling.
About the author(s)
I am an innovator, I loves solving problems. I use cross pollination of technologies across various industries to solve problems, in this process I have won 50+ global innovation awards, I have also won MIT climatecolab awards from MIT centre for collective intelligence.
I am a mechanical engineer by education & senior data analyst by profession. I am also the founder of an innovation portal that makes innovation opportunities accessible to all called Givemechallenge.com