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  • Designing out Medical Error: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Design of Healthcare Equipment

West, Jonathan, Davey, Grace, Anderson, Oliver, Norris, Beverley, Brodie, Andrea and Myerson, Jeremy, 2014, Journal Article, Designing out Medical Error: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Design of Healthcare Equipment The Design Journal, 17 (3). pp. 238-266. ISSN 1460-6925

Abstract or Description:

Medical error is an internationally recognised problem, with major financial and human costs (Gray; 2003, de Vries; et.al. 2008). The design of hospital equipment, devices and environments can contribute to the problem. Clinical staff often have to cope with confusing interfaces and equipment, making their tasks difficult and potentially dangerous.
There are calls to rethink the approach to design in healthcare. Design should acknowledge the real world issues users face in the hospital environment. A collaborative approach is required to understand these issues, (Karsh & Scanlon, 2007).
This paper outlines the methodologies used in two interdisciplinary case study projects, revealing the importance of a clear set of working methods and detailing the approach taken at each point. The resulting designs aim to better support healthcare processes, reducing the instance of medical error and ultimately saving lives.

Subjects: Other > Medicine and Dentistry > A900 Others in Medicine and Dentistry
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: Research Centres > Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design
Funders: EPSRC
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2016 23:26
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2016 23:26
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2393

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