Human Factors in Medical Device Design: Methods, Principles, and Guidelines

Russell Branaghan

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • Adverse events
  • Human factors
  • Intensive care unit
  • Medical devices
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care


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