"Integrating human factors and design for safety in healthcare"
Healthcare Ergonomics was established in 2009 as a special interest group of HFESA, bringing together anyone whose research, practice, discipline or interest embraces:
- patient safety e.g. evidence-base practice, care in non-hospital environments, healthcare economics
- information technology e.g. use of computers in medicine
- communication e.g. patient handovers, records management, signage
- usability of equipment and systems e.g. equipment/instruments, medication systems, emerging technology
- environmental design issues e.g. design and layout of facilities, bariatrics
- human alertness and performance e.g. fatigue minimisation for error prevention
- leadership and the quality of care e.g. resource management, and
- task performance e.g. patient handling, bio-hazard management.
The aim of the special interest group is to:
- provide an opportunity for collaboration on issues important in healthcare ergonomics
- provide opportunities to promote healthcare ergonomics, and
- provide a means for on-going professional development.
Healthcare Ergonomics is overseen by an inaugural committee, with representation from HFESA's state branches.
Chair: Melissa Baysari