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Safety device for Arthritis patients

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-06-01 14:49

About the solution

This solution offers a safe way for people to lift cookware, relying on the strength of their forearms.

"After several observations and lots of interviews, I found that lifting was a major problem for sufferers of RA during cooking preparation. It was difficult for sufferers of RA to lift things with their hands, due to having limited strength and flexibility. So they had to lift with their forearms. This limited them to using cookware with handles on both sides”, the inventor explained.
The handle features a silicone coating with heat resistance up to 200 degrees Celsius, to prevent heat from being directed to the forearm.

"If a saucepan only had one handle, most people put a towel over their other forearm to grasp the opposite side of the pot, but this was a slippery and dangerous way of lifting, exposing the person to the risk of burns. The arthritis handle allows sufferers of RA to use any kind of cookware, and not be limited to double-handled products. Due to the limited flexibility of a hand with RA, the ergonomically-designed finger holder at the front of the arthritis handle fits comfortably on the user's hand without twisting the user's fingers. The shape of the arthritis handle is also ergonomic, in that it spreads the weight of the cookware across the user's forearm”, he described.
This design has earned a spot on the first-round shortlist of one the Australian Design Award/James Dyson Award.

Adapted from: http://bit.ly/2kNOGcL

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About the author

Ching-Hao (Howard) Hsu, born in 1987, in Taiwan, was a Queensland University of Technology student who developed, in 2010, a kitchen safety tool for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients. Ching-Hao had the idea to create this instrument after after observing and intervewing several sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis performing cooking tasks in their own kitchens.

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