Daniel will talk about his experiences with the medical industry from a personal perspective, and how he became a self-proclaimed “professional patient.” Good design and good moral positively effects healing, and DeLoach will share his insight on medical design. Daniel will kick off the Infection Control Case Study workshop track.
Daniel W. DeLoach hails from Savannah, Georgia. DeLoach was born with the chronic illness known as Proteus Syndrome which affects the body through a wide spectrum of challenges, such as abnormal bone and soft tissue growth, malformations, large appendages, infections and benign tumors.
DeLoach graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in May 2013, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design. He has spoken to graduate students in healthcare administration under Dr. Kathleen Benton (bioethicists for St. Josephs/Candler hospital), and to children, on how to treat other kids’ differences with dignity and respect.
DeLoach considers himself a self-proclaimed “professional patient” through his use of multiple medical products, from simple IV Systems and cutting edge bandage systems, to complex wound vacuum machinery and Trilogy Respiratory machines. Through his experiences with different services at a variety of hospitals, and seeing a lot of waste, and he feels that through design he could make healthcare in this world cheaper, more affordable and, more efficient.