Human factors/ergonomics to support the design and testing of rapidly manufactured ventilators in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hignett, Sue, Edmonds, Janette, Herlihey, Tracey, Pickup, Laura, Bye, Richard, Crumpton, Emma, Sujan, Mark, Ives, Fran, Jenkins, Daniel P, Newbery, Miranda, Embrey, David, Bowie, Paul, Ramsden, Chris, Rashid, Noorzaman, Williamson, Alastair, Bougeard, Anne-Marie and MacNaughton, Peter (2021) Human factors/ergonomics to support the design and testing of rapidly manufactured ventilators in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care, 33 (Supple). pp. 4-10. ISSN 1464-3677.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND

This paper describes a rapid response project from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) to support the design, development, usability testing and operation of new ventilators as part of the UK response during the COVID-19 pandemic.

METHOD

A five-step approach was taken to (1) assess the COVID-19 situation and decide to formulate a response; (2) mobilise and coordinate Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) specialists; (3) ideate, with HFE specialists collaborating to identify, analyse the issues and opportunities, and develop strategies, plans and processes; (4) generate outputs and solutions; and (5) respond to the COVID-19 situation via targeted support and guidance.

RESULTS

The response for the rapidly manufactured ventilator systems (RMVS) has been used to influence both strategy and practice to address concerns about changing safety standards and the detailed design procedure with RMVS manufacturers.

CONCLUSION

The documents are part of a wider collection of HFE advice which is available on the CIEHF COVID-19 website (https://covid19.ergonomics.org.uk/).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WB Practice of medicine > WB400 Intensive care
WF Respiratory system. Respiratory medicine
Divisions: Clinical Support > Anaesthetics
Clinical Support > Critical Care
Planned IP Care > Respiratory Medicine
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Depositing User: Beth Connors
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2021 14:52
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2021 14:52
URI: http://www.repository.uhblibrary.co.uk/id/eprint/3854

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