Perspectives on Safety
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- Communication Improvement 2
- Culture of Safety 1
- Education and Training 2
- Error Reporting and Analysis 1
- Human Factors Engineering 5
- Quality Improvement Strategies 1
- Technologic Approaches 2
with commentary by Samantha Jacques, PhD, and Eric Williams, MD, MS, MMM, Alert and Alarm Fatigue, May 2016
This piece describes strategies to reduce alarm fatigue in hospitals, including educating staff and patients, customizing alarm settings, and performing maintenance of lead wires.
Alert and Alarm Fatigue, May 2016
Dr. Drew is the David Mortara Distinguished Professor of Physiological Nursing and Clinical Professor of Medicine in Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. We spoke with her about the perils and prevalence of alert fatigue.
with commentary by Christopher Nemeth, PhD, Unintended Consequences, June 2011
This piece discusses how adopting new technology can have unintended effects.
with commentary by John Gosbee, MD, MS, Human Factors, November 2006
Certain phrases are famously oxymoronic: "jumbo shrimp," "military intelligence." We chuckle at such terms, but they do little harm. In the patient safety field, the term "expected complication" is both defeatist and ultimately self-fulfilling. For that...
Human Factors, November 2006
Don Norman, PhD, is well known for his books "The Design of Everyday Things" and "Emotional Design." Although not focused on health care, his work introduced many in health care to the concepts of human factors engineering and to the importance of thoughtful design in ensuring that technology is used for its intended purposes. He is cofounder of the Nielsen Norman Group, professor at Northwestern University, and former vice president of Apple Computer. Dr. Norman is now writing "The Design of Future Things," discussing the role that automation will play in our everyday lives. We asked Dr. Norman to speak with us about human-centered design.
The Transformation of Patient Safety at the VA, September 2006
James P. Bagian, MD, is the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety. Dr. Bagian began his career as a mechanical engineer, then became a physician, trained in surgery and anesthesia. A NASA Astronaut for 15 years, he flew on two space shuttle flights. In 2001, the American Medical Association awarded him the Nathan S. Davis Award for outstanding public service in the advancement of public health. We asked Dr. Bagian to speak with us about his experience transforming safety at in Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide.