In February, NIHR CYP MedTech welcomed Tookie Ltd. and TechMed3D to Sheffield Children’s Hospital (SCH), to use TechMed3D’s pioneering virtual body mapping technology, to 3D map the torso of an SCH patient with highly complex enteral nutrition needs. The aim of this, to allow Tookie to create a bespoke Tookie garment for him, that will prevent him from removing and damaging the lines, plugs and devices fixed to his torso, which he requires for enteral feeding. This damage can result in infection; a great amount of worry for their family, along with otherwise unnecessary hospital visits, surplus to his usual treatment needs (read more about this event here).
The event was a success, producing a detailed upper body virtual scan of our patient, praised by Tookie, CYP MedTech and our patient’s parents. Since February, the Tookie team have been busy using the positional data of our patient’s lines and devices from the scan, to design a garment that would secure and prevent our patient from accessing his devices.
The Tookie team have liaised with the family at every step of the way and are proud to announce that they have drafted a final design, vetted by the family, with all believing that the garment will fulfil its purpose, giving the family greater peace of mind regarding his health and quality of life.
The design features a variety of components, including detachable windows that allow access to the patient’s body, embedded neoprene patches to prevent device tugging and plastic press studs, fully X-ray and MRI compliant, for easy removal of the garment.
The garment has been ergonomically designed to provide maximum comfort and support for our patient and the Tookie team have gone the extra mile to tailor the garment to our patients taste and personality; designing the garment in his favourite colour, ensuring the sleeves are short and including superhero graphics for added fun!