OWIE First Aid is a concept first aid kit designed for classrooms. The problem with current first aid kit for the classrooms is that it can be intimidating and is usually not practical. At first glance, the content of this kit is disorganized, difficult to find the right items, most often than not, the guide is buried within the rest as opposed to being in plain sight. There’s a need to redesign this classroom first aid kit, because when dealing with a child who is injured and terrified already, we don’t need a first aid kit that’s difficult to manage.
The design of OWIE Project is focused around three elements: organization within the kit, accessibility, and approachability. It is highly possible to reduce user stress in the middle of an emergency by improving the organization, making sure easy access and increase its approachability characteristic. Lauren Forgacs explains that she chooses to use “Pill” shape because it’s quiet different from a typical first aid kit, it features softer appearance. The orange color is chosen as opposed to red because it’s still a common color used for alert and emergencies yet it has gentler appearance than a bright red.
Owie features an open internal layout design to eliminate wasted space and good organization. Everything inside is neatly organized, each item has a clear home, making things easier to put away. There are lidded compartments to keep smaller items in place. It can be mounted on the wall, since in any classroom, first aid kit should be easy access by anyone at all times. The rounded handle makes it easy to grab and pull out of the case when needed.
The left side contains: instant ice packs, forehead thermometer, medical scissors, tweezers, and first aid guide. The right side contains: individually packed gloves, sterile gauze packs, medical tape, medical wrap, anti-itch and anti-biotic ointment, compartment for antiseptic wipes, and compartment for band aids.