A case of bad, bad design

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Quick question:

What would be the simplest design solution to stop things like this happening again?

Annoyed, hospitalized teen unplugs neighbor’s life support: “It should probably go without saying that anything connected to a power source within the confines of a hospital has a fair shot at being pertinent to the livelihood of at least one individual, but obviously a 17-year old teenager in Germany needed the memo. After the perpetual noise of what would prove to be his neighbor’s life support machine ‘got on his nerves,’ he proceeded to simply unplug the device without precaution in order to ensure that ‘he got his peace and quiet.’ Of course, we can only assume that the sirens and squeals that were emitted due to his misreckoning were immensely louder than the prior hum, but some folks just love to learn the hard way. Thankfully, medical personnel stepped in and saved the man from perishing, but the teen at fault lost a lot more sleep after that whilst being questioned by police.”

[Via The Register]

(Via Engadget.)

Suggested answers: Hard wiring (i.e. no plugs), a big sign, not putting teenagers in the bed next to anyone…

One comment on “A case of bad, bad design

  1. High Desert Wanderer says:

    I suspect that no amount of signage would have helped this situation.

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