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Keebler JR, Salas E, Rosen MA, et al. eds. Hum Factors. 2022;64(1):5-258.

Human factors concepts are central to improvement in high-risk industries and efforts are emerging to enfold them into health care organizations to improve safety. This special issue explores themes that underscore successful application of human factors practices into healthcare: culture change toward high reliability, team improvement, technology integration, and measures development.

Ruskin KJ, ed. Curr Opin Anaesthesiol. 2021;34(6):720-765

Anesthesia services are high risk despite progress made in the specialty to improve its safety. This special section covers issues that affect anesthesia safety such as critical incident debriefing, human factors, and educational strategies.

Carayon P, Hignett S, Albolino S eds. Int J Qual Health Care. 2021;33(Supp1):1-71. 


Human factors approaches have been identified as one of the primary vehicles to create lasting patient safety innovation. Articles in this special supplement examine the role of human factors engineering and ergonomics in establishing improvement in organizational learning, pandemic response, and primary care management. 

Zheng F ed. Surg Clin North Am. 2021;101(1):1-160.  

Surgical safety is a recognized area of emphasis in patient safety improvement. Articles in this special issue cover topics such as human factors, checklists, teamwork, and telemedicine as a safe support mechanism. 

Hannenberg AA, ed. Anesthesiol Clin. 2020;38(4):727-922.

Anesthesiology critical events are uncommon, and yet they have great potential for harm. This special issue focuses on management of, and preparation for, perioperative critical events and rescue should they occur. The authors highlight simulation training, debriefing, and cognitive aids as methods for improving safety in the operating room.

Garman AN, McAlearney AS, Harrison MI, et al. Health Care Manag Rev. 2011-2020.

In this continuing series, high-performance work practices are explored and defined through literature review, case analysis, and research. The authors summarize findings and discuss how best practices can influence quality, safety, and efficiency outcomes. Topics covered include speaking up, central line infection prevention, and business case development.
Catchpole K, Bisantz A, Hallbeck S, et al. Applied ergonomics. 2019;78:270-276.
Surgery requires specialized approaches to understand and prevent failure. This special issue features the work of multidisciplinary research teams that explored human factors and ergonomic concerns in the operating room that affect communication between robotic-assisted surgery teams, physical resilience of teams, instrument design and use, and poor implementation of briefings as improvement opportunities.

Shah RK, ed. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2019;52:1-194.

Articles in this special issue apply safety concepts to reducing preventable patient harm in otolaryngology. The reviews highlight systems science, collaboration, leadership models, and patient experience as important to moving safety innovation forward in this specialty.

Health Aff (Millwood). 2018;37(11):1723-1908.

The Institute of Medicine report, To Err Is Human, marked the founding of the patient safety field. This special issue of Health Affairs, published 20 years after that report, highlights achievements and progress to date. One implementation study of evidence-based surgical safety checklists demonstrated that leadership involvement, intensive activities, and engagement of frontline staff are all critical to successful adoption of safety practices. Another study demonstrated that communication-and-resolution programs either decreased or did not affect malpractice costs, providing further support for implementing such programs. Experts describe the critical role of human factors engineering in patient safety and outline how to enhance the use of these methods. The concluding editorial by David Bates and Hardeep Singh points to progress in reducing hospital-acquired infections and improving medication safety in acute care settings and highlights remaining gaps in the areas of outpatient care, diagnostic errors, and electronic health record safety. In the related information, the Moore Foundation provides free access to five articles in this special issue.
Dean J, Clarkson J, eds. Future Hosp J. 2018;5:145-187.
The systems approach has long been heralded as a key element to safe patient care. Articles in this special issue explore techniques to engage clinicians and leadership in supporting a systems engineering philosophy to optimize safety improvement efforts.

Cunha CB, ed. Med Clin North Am. 2018;102(5):797-976.

Antimicrobial stewardship programs are a key strategy to reduce overprescribing of antibiotics in hospitals. This special issue explores approaches to engage a variety of clinicians in supporting antimicrobial stewardship program implementation and optimizing antibiotic use to ensure safe patient care.

Wung SF, ed. Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2018;30:179-310.

Care teams rely on a variety of technologies to support safe practice. This special issue focuses on critical care nursing practice and how human factors affect technology use. Articles cover clinical applications of technology and review the role of technologies in critical thinking, medication delivery, and alarm fatigue.
Foster MJ, Gary JC, Sooryanarayana SM. Critical care nursing quarterly. 2018;41:76-92.
Systems and space design are important considerations for safe care delivery. This special issue explores how the built environment can affect safety in intensive care units (ICUs). Articles explore topics such as infection prevention, decentralization of nursing work areas, information flow, and nurse perception of how design features in ICUs affect their ability to care for patients.
Ardenne M, Reitnauer PG. Arzneimittel-Forschung. 1975;25:1369-79.
Human factors engineering strategies offer a range of solutions to improve processes at both the micro and macro levels of the system. Articles in this special issue build on previous discussions of the evidence base on human factors engineering efforts in health care and explore topics such as nurse fatigue and frontline program implementation barriers.
Waller MJ. Current problems in pediatric and adolescent health care. 2015;45:378-81.
Applying principles from other fields, such as aviation and nuclear power, to patient safety efforts can help generate sustainable improvements. Articles in this special issue explore how organizational behaviors, human factors, and resilience engineering can uncover risks and enhance system performance in pediatrics.

Albarran J, Scholes J, eds. Nurs Crit Care. 2015;20(4):167-220.

Nurses have a key role in patient safety and advocacy in critical care settings. Articles in this special issue explore the impact of interruptions on nursing care, ward rounds as an opportunity for checklist use, and the importance of integrating safety concepts into nursing education.
Ardenne M, Reitnauer PG. Arzneimittel-Forschung. 1975;25:1369-79.
This special issue covers elements of safe care delivery in neurosurgery and features articles exploring the use of simulation, checklists, and the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle in designing safety and quality improvement initiatives for this setting.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; AHRQ.
This issue covers two successful initiatives to prevent alarm fatigue: the implementation of a 24-hour pulse oximetry monitoring and a series of interventions to reduce alarms in a cardiac unit. The innovation profiles are accompanied by tools used to help hospitals improve alarm safety.
Hamilton DK, Stichler JF, eds. HERD. 2013;7(suppl):1-154.
Articles in this special supplement draw from AHRQ-funded efforts to reveal how designing around space and human factors can reduce the spread of health care–associated infections. Design interventions described include air filtration systems, decontamination of water sources, and antimicrobial surfaces.

Singh H, ed. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013;22(suppl 2):ii1-ii72.

Articles in this special issue cover efforts to reduce diagnostic errors, including patient engagement and cognitive debiasing.