APPLICATION OF ERGONOMICS TO EVALUATING AND IMPROVING THE DESIGN OF HOSPITAL PATIENT MONITORING SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$64,656.00
Award Year:
1994
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
27519
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Technology International Inc.
429 W Airline Hwy Ste S, Laplace, LA, 70068
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Zeinab A Sabri
(504) 652-1127
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
THE RESEARCH ADDRESSES THE HUMAN FACTORS ASPECT OF HOSPITAL PATIENT MONITORING SYSTEMS AND SEEKS IMPROVEMENT THROUGH THE APPLICATION OF ERGONOMICS TO THE EVALUATION OF INTENSIVE CARE UNITS (ICU'S). THE INTENSIVE CARE PATIENT MONITORING SYSTEM IS BEING REVIEWED AND ANALYZED IN TERMS OF HUMAN TASKS AND EQUIPMENT MONITORING FUNCTIONS AND WITH RESPECT TO THE EQUIPMENT SETUP PROCESS, CALIBRATION, AND INITIALIZATION OF MONITORING. A FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS OF THE OVERALL PATIENT CARE MONITORING SYSTEM IS BEING PERFORMED TO IDENTIFY THE NEEDED ERGONOMIC DESIGN IMPROVEMENTS. THESE ACTIVITIES ARE BEING DONE IN COLLABORATION WITH HOSPITAL DOCTORS AND NURSES WHO OPERATE THE EQUIPMENT REGULARLY. ERGONOMIC PROBLEMS THAT RESULT IN HUMAN ERRORS OR EXCESSIVE RESPONSE TIME, WHETHER IN OPERATING SPECIFIC EQUIPMENT OR IN MANAGEMENT OF THE OVERALL SYSTEM, ARE BEING IDENTIFIED, CLASSIFIED, AND PRIORITIZED. OVERALL RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING DESIGN CHANGES AND TOOLS FOR HUMAN FACTOR REVIEWS AND IMPROVEMENTS ARE BEING MADE.

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