Human Factors in Health Care

Just attend a meeting of Applying Human Factors in Health Care. Learned a lot from people from different perspectives: doctors, nurse, perfusionist, engineers, psychologists, etc. More and more people start to look this discipline on the impact of patient safety. There are several very interested questions discussed during the session: should all the cardiac surgeons using the same kind bypass tubing set to eliminate the potential human errors? Currently each hospital has its own customized tubing set. How should we design the system to help eliminate the potential human errors? How to find the balance between healthcare process standardization and provider’s own preference? How to use the simulation center as an institutional laboratory for quality safety experiment? Also found very good reviews of this topic by BMJ and University of Wisconsin.

A randomized trial using medical simulation.

A randomized trial using medical simulation technology beyond medical education.  This is a great example using simulation applications for human factors and system evaluation suggested by Dr. Small.

Books about medical errors

Both books “Avoiding Common Anesthesia Errors” and “Avoiding Common ICU Errors” are very interesting. Could be a great source to create simulation scenarios.
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Avoiding Common Anesthesia Errors (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Handbook)
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Building a Better Delivery System: A New Engineering/Health Care Partnership

National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine published this book emphasized the need for two disciplines working together to address the health care and patient safety issues.

New Vistas in Patient Safety and Simulation

New Vistas in Patient Safety and Simulation is a good resource for update collections of medical simulation in patient safety.

Public awareness of patient safety

Patient safety issue appeared on recent 60-Minutes story of Dennis Quaid family. Also see the WSJ.

New Healthcare Notification Network

“Moving patient safety online and out of the U.S. Mail” says Nancy Dickey, M.D., chair of the iHealth Alliance and past president of the American Medical Association. Check the new Health Care Notification Network

Should we also use this for all the safety related statistics, like Sentinel Event Statistics? Or connect the data with ASA Closed Claim Project ?

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