Believe it or not, the Best In Show and Best Industrial Product Design of the British Design Week
2009 was a urine receptacle for females called the Peezy™. Don't get
me wrong, I am thrilled that women don't have to pee on their fingers any more
while providing a specimen to the lab, but winning a Best In Show competing
against the likes of Microsoft Interactive Canvas and Apple's Mac
Book Air? When I received the press release and learned that the designer of Peezy calls itself "Funnelly Enough," I
just knew this was a joke.
But, it wasn't and it isn't. Pee is serious business to clinicians,
especially when it comes to getting samples from women. You see the
sample that's desired is the mid-stream pee. What that means is that a
woman has to pee just a little and then sneak a receptacle under her stream and
back out again before she's finished peeing.
Believe me, peeing on one's hand is not one of our finer moments, nor is
wiping off the pee on the receptacle.
So, Dr. Vincent Forte, general practitioner and designer of Peezy, came up
with a solution that women and clinicians seem to love.
Peezy's shape and flow design allows everything to happen in and through the
receptacle. The initial 10cc's of urine pass through the Peezy into the
commode. The midstream, which is needed for
testing, is saved in the container, and the rest of the urine stream is directed into the commode. Dry hands, dry bottle, dry
toilet, dry floor.
Not only does the Peezy provide a less humiliating experience to women, it
is also infinitely more sanitary. It is more cost effective; its
designer estimates a cost savings averaging £2 per test because retests are
required so frequently due to samples being from the first part of the urine stream.
The judges of the Design Week 2009 Awards were
proud of their choice of Peezy as Best In Show, citing that too often it's aesthetics that win. In the Design
Week Awards, "products are chosen for their ability to do the job.... This
year the judges have reinforced that stance by giving the top accolade to a user-friendly medical device."
Design Week, Peezy