UBUNTU: Containment Bed For Epidemic Outbreaks

Ubuntu is a concept that uses only three materials to create an easy-to-build containment bed. The idea was developed as a reaction to the insufficient quantity of hospital beds to handle victims of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa during 2014 to 2016. Ubuntu Ubuntu won the Student Winner Built Environment Award in the Core77 Design Awards of 2017. The three components of Ubuntu are locally-produced bamboo, zip ties, and Tyvek® material. Tyvek® possesses high-standard microbial barrier properties and is used as a mattress and sheet divider between beds. Packed as one huge roll, assembly instructions are printed on each Tyvek® sheet which can be easily cut off. Ubuntu also comes with colour-coded zip ties to really ease the assembly of it. One can build Ubuntu himself by following the instructions printed directly on the Tyvek® sheets and the colour-coded zip ties! Each Tyvek® sheet is identically made so that you can replace old sheets — for example — due to contamination. If the Tyvek® mattress or bed barrier is contaminated, one can replace the sheets without having direct contact to the contamination fluids. This reduces the secondary infection risk. In extreme cases of contamination, Ubuntu can be discarded or burned. Using locally-produced bamboo bypasses some challenges during emergencies. This low-cost containment bed increases the capacity a hospital can care for its patients and offers an immediate solution due to its easy accessibility and assembly. Containment bed kits will be shipped on site. With no extra manufacturing involved, Ubuntu is a cost-efficient contamination bed with unique aesthetical designs. The present concept’s artwork was illustrated by a designer who was inspired by West African patterns and Adinkra symbols. The intention behind using cultural artwork is to comfort patients through the familiar traditional and cultural graphical styles of their region. Ubuntu is an easy-to-build low-cost contamination bed that provides an accessible solution to hospitals while being durable and lightweight to transfer sick patients.