Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am 2018 Jun 4;30(2):225-236. Epub 2018 Apr 4.
Human Systems Engineering Program, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University, 7271 East Sonoran Arroyo Mall, 150 J Santa Catalina Hall, Mesa, AZ 88001, USA. Electronic address:
A total of 400,000 to 500,000 patients die in intensive care units (ICUs) each year, largely because ICUs care for the sickest patients. On the other hand, factors such as workload, shift changes, handoffs, alarm fatigue, inadequate team communication, and difficult-to-use medical devices contribute to the problem. This article focuses on the human factors of those medical devices, a significant cause of adverse events in the ICU. Read More