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Human Factors Theory Part One

In Human Factors, Patient Safety on August 30, 2010 at 1:35 am

Human Factors Theory

In complex environments such as a hospital setting, humans have the ability to prevent major errors as well as cause them.  Human Factors theory is concerned with the scientific study of interactions among humans and within systems (Norris, 2009).  Etchells, et al. (2006) define human factors as “designing systems to meet the needs, limits and capabilities of the people who work in them” (p. 69). The application of human factors science is necessary to enhance patient safety (Etchells, et al., 2006). A failure to design systems without consideration to human factors can result in inefficient and error-prone processes (Norris, 2009)……  Read the rest of this entry »

Is there an I-O Psychologist in the house?

In I-O Psychology on August 30, 2010 at 1:27 am

The I-O Psychologist as an Error Prevention Specialist.  There is so much an I-O Psychologist could bring to the hospital environment. Hospitals are complex and usually large organizations that have great needs for human resource management, training and development programs, team functioning, leadership competency and safety processes. While of these areas are certainly within the scope of I-O Psychology, one role that would be especially well-suited for the skill and knowledge that an I-O Psychologist possesses would relate to safety in the realm of human factors and engineering……. Read the rest of this entry »

You’ve heard of there’s Safety Dog!

In Welcome on August 29, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Coming to you with ideas for all those who live, work and visit the hospital system in the United States. This blog will merge ideas from management, nursing, medicine and psychology (and many others) to offer a different view of patient safety. There will be a heavy concentration of information on human factors theory,  high reliability theory and normal accident theory.  All comments are never know when one of your thoughts might save a life!

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