Understanding why mistakes are made and tackling poor designs and procedures is key to improving patient safety. Increasing numbers of professionals are coming together to share expertise and good practice. Their projects and organisations address specific problems such as medical device design, improved procedures for hygiene, patient handling and teamwork in complex surgery.
What they have in common is that they are applying human factors and ergonomics principles and expertise to achieve their desired outcomes. Significant research and innovation is taking place within healthcare human factors and our aim in this campaign is to bring organisations and people together to share examples of good practice, raise awareness of good design and to demonstrate the important contribution of ergonomics and human factors to the quality and safety of healthcare.
A major event this year is the Patient & Healthcare Provider Safety symposium on 25 November 2013 in London. This event will explore the positive contribution of human factors to patient and provider safety. You will learn about the latest methods, tools and techniques and hear from leading researchers and practitioners about approaches that work. Find out more about this event.