Human factors in healthcare: welcome progress, but still scratching the surface

January 27, 2016

Source: BMJ Quality and Safety 2015/0 pp. 1-5

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Date of publication:  November 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article investigates the adoption of human factors and ergonomics (HFE) principles within healthcare settings in the UK and the US.  By considering the history, evolution and spread of HFE, the authors hope to enhance translation into healthcare lessons from industry, such as aviation, oil and gas and rail transport, to promote the integration of HFE into healthcare and improve quality of care and patient safety.

Length of publication:  5 pages


The system-wide effect of real-time audio-visual feedback and post-event debriefing for in-hospital cardiac arrest: the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality Improvement Initiative

December 23, 2015

Source: Critical Care Medicine 43/11 pp. 2321-2331

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Date of publication:  November 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The objective of this multicentre prospective cohort study was to evaluate the effect of implementing real-time audio-visual feedback with and without post event debriefing on survival and quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation quality at in-hospital cardiac arrest.

The conclusion was that implementation of real-time audio-visual feedback with or without post-event debriefing did not lead to a measured improvement in patient or process-focused outcomes at individual hospital sites. However, there was an unexplained system-wide improvement in return of spontaneous circulation and process-focused outcomes during the second phase of the study.

Length of Publication:  11 pages