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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18262

Title: Measuring the Impact of Human Factors and Education Informed Training on the Safety and Efficiency of Smart Infusion Technology
Authors: Fan, Mark
Advisor: Easty, Anthony
Woods, Nicole
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Keywords: human factors
education
training
infusion pump
redesign
usability
simulation
intravenous
medical error
medication error
Issue Date: 13-Jan-2010
Abstract: This thesis evaluated the effects of two types of training on nurses’ ability to safely and efficiently administer IV medications using a smart infusion pump. A high fidelity simulated nursing unit was created in which nurses recruited from the University Health Network programmed a series of infusions after receiving training. A training script modeled after the pump vendor’s training sessions was created and tested first on 24 nurses. The results were analyzed for deficiencies in safety and efficiency from a human factors and education perspective and a new training script was created and tested on a group of 23 nurses. No significant differences were found between training groups on measures related to safety, but significant differences were found in nurse efficiency and behaviour in some aspects of pump programming. This study sets a precedent for human factors evaluation being used in tandem with existing training practices and lays the groundwork for further exploration on this topic.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18262
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Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering - Master theses

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