Human factors and ergonomics in the emergency department

Robert L. Wears*, Shawna J. Perry

*Corresponding author for this work

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Although health care rapidly adopts technologic advances from other fields, it has been slow to incorporate well-established principles from human factors engineering into the health care workplace. This article demonstrates some of those principles by analyzing an all too routine clinical event from a human factors point of view. Review of this case and ergonomic principles leads us to conclude that the routine application of human factors engineering principles could improve patient safety and would likely improve system efficiency as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-212
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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