Distinguished Lectures: Two distinguished lectures on medical safety

Speaker: Ayse Gurses, Ant Ozok, Johns Hopkins University
UCL Contact: Jo Iacovides (Visitors from outside UCL please email in advance).
Date/Time: 14 Jan 14, 15:00 - 17:00
Venue: Roberts G08
Further Information:

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Using Human Factors Engineering to Improve Patient Safety in Cardiac Surgery

Despite significant advancements in medical technology and surgical techniques, cardiac surgery is still a high risk procedure. We conducted a study to identify and categorize safety hazards (anything that has the potential to cause a preventable adverse patient safety event) in the cardiac operating room using a human factors engineering approach. We used direct observations, complemented by contextual inquiry and photographing, to prospectively identify and classify safety hazards in the cardiac operating room in a multi-site study. An interdisciplinary research team collected data during the 2.5 day site visits to 5 US hospitals. We identified 55 major types of hazards related to the five components (individual, tasks, tools, physical environment,