Many ill and disabled people need to use a bedpan at some period in their lives. These pans are not only used in hospitals but also in nursing homes. Unfortunately, the bedpan has not really been updated since the mid-20th century with the only improvement being a  a change of product material from steel to plastic.

It is high time to bring some innovations to this product. Our project “OuiPan” is to make the bedpan “smart”.  Subsequently ensuring that patients prevent wounds, which they tend to get because of using the bedpan for too long, or if the bedpan is placed incorrectly.

The main goal of the project is to get rid of these limitations while also facilitating an easier workflow for hospitals and nursing homes.

Our team’s motivation is to improve the lives of patients and the working environment of nurses and caregivers. The concept of the smart bedpan allows patients to receive more comfort during their stay at the hospital or nursing home. In the future, we also plan to develop a smartphone app where nurses and caretakers can receive information about the pan’s usage and contents in the pan.

Development team:

Scrum Master: Maike Stöve, Marlies Nitschke

Partner:MIT media lab