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Decisions about critical events in device-related scenarios as a function of expertise.

Laxmisan A, Malhotra S, Keselman A, et al. Decisions about critical events in device-related scenarios as a function of expertise. J Biomed Inform. 2005;38(3):200-12.

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June 1, 2005
Laxmisan A, Malhotra S, Keselman A, et al. J Biomed Inform. 2005;38(3):200-12.

Using the concepts of "sharp" and "blunt" ends of practice, this article explores health professionals' differing opinions on biomedical device-related errors. Investigators requested that study participants express their views on events surrounding three true-error scenarios. Analysis of the transcribed responses revealed that interpretation varied widely between groups. While clinicians focused on clinical and human factors, biomedical engineers focused on device-related issues, and administrators emphasized documentation and training. The authors conclude that individual expertise largely mediates an error analysis, as no single interpretation provides a comprehensive view of all contributing factors.

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Laxmisan A, Malhotra S, Keselman A, et al. Decisions about critical events in device-related scenarios as a function of expertise. J Biomed Inform. 2005;38(3):200-12.