IDC’s first step was to gather insight about how the device was used in surgery and the preferences of surgeons for improvement, as well as gathering useful feedback about various concepts.
Ergonomically, the existing product wasn’t ideal for Chinese surgeons, with a long handle and length. Asian hands are generally smaller than hands of Western people, so the overall design was made shorter with a smaller lever, and shorter, more comfortable grip, to make the product easier to use for Chinese surgeons.
With a focus on cost reduction, IDC’s teams evaluated the
materials and components of the device to find ways of reducing the cost per
unit, at the same time as improving the overall effectiveness of the
device. Soft touch materials were
removed and replaced by an ergonomically shaped plastic grip to reduce cost but
bring greater benefits of a handle that was optimally shaped for the job. A section of metal in the casing was replaced
by plastic to reduce cost but also give a more unified look throughout the