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Low-hanging fruit for human factors design in infection prevention--still too high to reach?


Clack, Lauren; Kuster, Stefan P; Giger, Heidi; Giuliani, Francesca; Sax, Hugo (2014). Low-hanging fruit for human factors design in infection prevention--still too high to reach? American Journal of Infection Control, 42(6):679-681.

Abstract

Human factors design interventions have been suggested to mitigate infection risk in health care. Among such solutions, many are easily identified and theoretically simple and quick to realize. These are called low-hanging fruit. We present a case of infection risk associated with syringe manipulation that could easily be solved by introducing user-centered design solutions. Yet, organizational complexity makes implementation of such solutions hardly reachable. We therefore advocate embedding human factors macroergonomic expertise on an organizational level.

Abstract

Human factors design interventions have been suggested to mitigate infection risk in health care. Among such solutions, many are easily identified and theoretically simple and quick to realize. These are called low-hanging fruit. We present a case of infection risk associated with syringe manipulation that could easily be solved by introducing user-centered design solutions. Yet, organizational complexity makes implementation of such solutions hardly reachable. We therefore advocate embedding human factors macroergonomic expertise on an organizational level.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Infectious Diseases
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:June 2014
Deposited On:19 Dec 2014 13:31
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 09:04
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0196-6553
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2014.03.002
PubMed ID:24837120

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