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Responsible award winner

Awarded with two prizes

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Allein in Deutsch­land wer­den jähr­lich durch­schnitt­lich 434 000 Spül­sys­te­me in OPs ein­ge­setzt und direkt nach Gebrauch inkl. Motor und Bat­te­rien voll­stän­dig ent­sorgt. Ein­weg­pro­duk­te sind aus Hygie­ne­grün­den im medi­zi­ni­schen Bereich unver­zicht­bar. Aber den­noch ist der Ver­brauch von jähr­lich rund 334t Kunst­stoff, 2,6 Mil­lio­nen Bat­te­rien und 434 000 Moto­ren allein bei die­sem Pro­dukt viel zu ressourcenintensiv. 

Blue­La­va­ge rethinks the eco­lo­gi­cal­ly most pro­ble­ma­tic com­pon­ents, the elec­tri­cal com­pon­ents of the dri­ve, as a reusable sys­tem. At the same time, it meets the strict hygie­ne and safe­ty gui­de­lines for ste­ri­le inten­si­ve care medicine.

Resource saving concept

Blue­La­va­ge is a com­ple­te­ly new type of resource-efficient suc­tion and irri­ga­ti­on sys­tem for tis­sue clea­ning during sur­gi­cal pro­ce­du­res. The sys­tem flus­hes bone and tis­sue par­tic­les, bac­te­ria and for­eign mate­ri­al out of the wound and con­ti­nuous­ly aspi­ra­tes them.

The inno­va­ti­ve sepa­ra­ti­on into a single-use hand­pie­ce and a dri­ve unit that can be reu­sed up to 150 times with a paten­ted locking mecha­nism leads to an enorm­ous reduc­tion in the amount of pla­s­tic was­te (-49%) and elec­tro­nics to be dis­po­sed of com­pared to con­ven­tio­nal solu­ti­ons, and com­ple­te­ly avo­ids the dis­po­sal of batteries.

The pack­a­ging con­cept with the ergo­no­mic inser­ti­on fun­nel enables ste­ri­le inser­ti­on of the dri­ve unit during the operation.

We have been able to demons­tra­b­ly gain many good expe­ri­en­ces with public fun­ding oppor­tu­ni­ties in recent years. Design is in demand and in many cases eligible.

As so often, all begin­nings are dif­fi­cult. The bureau­cra­tic effort invol­ved in sub­mit­ting an appli­ca­ti­on can seem like an insur­moun­ta­ble obs­ta­cle. We say: Don't be put off by the see­mingly com­pli­ca­ted appli­ca­ti­on pro­cess. In recent years, we have been able to sup­port seve­ral of our part­ners in app­ly­ing for public fun­ding. We know the pro­ces­ses, know how to esti­ma­te the effort and can for­mu­la­te appli­ca­ti­ons with you.

Excellent implementation

The 91-strong inter­na­tio­nal expert jury pre­sen­ted the iF DESIGN AWARD 2021 to PROJEKTER for the inno­va­ti­ve and sus­tainable design of the Blue­La­va­ge suc­tion and irri­ga­ti­on system.

The iF DESIGN AWARD is pre­sen­ted annu­al­ly by the world's oldest inde­pen­dent design insti­tu­ti­on, the iF Inter­na­tio­nal Forum Design GmbH in Hanover.

The num­ber of appli­cants in the first round brought record par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on: the jurors had to sel­ect the best 50 per­cent of all ent­ries for the final jury from around 10,000 sub­mis­si­ons from 52 countries.

Excellent solution

The "NRW Effi­ci­en­cy Pri­ze - The resource-efficient pro­duct" is award­ed by the NRW Effi­ci­en­cy Agen­cy, which works on behalf of the North Rhine-Westphalian Minis­try of the Environment. 

The award honors inno­va­ti­ve pro­ducts and ser­vices from small and medium-sized com­pa­nies in North Rhine-Westphalia that com­bi­ne essen­ti­al effi­ci­en­cy fac­tors - for exam­p­le resource-saving pro­duct deve­lo­p­ment, envi­ron­men­tal­ly fri­end­ly pro­duc­tion and redu­ced envi­ron­men­tal impacts during the pro­duct life, as well as com­pre­hen­si­ve recyclability. 

Note: The video shows an open wound.

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