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  1. Event
    This introductory course is aimed at those who are new to Human Factors or those who are interested in refreshing existing knowledge. You will gain the fundamental knowledge and skills for Human Factors in health and care. Taking place online over two half days, this course will blend guided independent study with facilitated discussion and activities. You will be encouraged to apply your learning to your own role and environment, to reduce error, improve processes that underpin patient safety, and support organisational safety culture. Learning objectives: Understand the basic concept of Human Factors. Understand the importance of Human Factors for safety and quality improvement. Have awareness of what influences human and system performance. Understand the basic concepts of systems thinking. Who is this for? This programme is ideal for any staff who wish to develop a basic knowledge/awareness of human factors. Register
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    This introductory course is aimed at those who are new to Human Factors or those who are interested in refreshing existing knowledge. You will gain the fundamental knowledge and skills for Human Factors in health and care. Taking place online over two half days, this course will blend guided independent study with facilitated discussion and activities. You will be encouraged to apply your learning to your own role and environment, to reduce error, improve processes that underpin patient safety, and support organisational safety culture. Learning objectives: Understand the basic concept of Human Factors. Understand the importance of Human Factors for safety and quality improvement. Have awareness of what influences human and system performance. Understand the basic concepts of systems thinking. Who is this for? This programme is ideal for any staff who wish to develop a basic knowledge/awareness of human factors. Register
  3. Content Article
    Over the past decade, the implementation of simulation education in health care has increased exponentially. Simulation-based education allows learners to practice patient care in a controlled, psychologically safe environment without the risk of harming a patient. Facilitators may identify medical errors during instruction, aiding in developing targeted education programs leading to improved patient safety. However, medical errors that occur during simulated health care may not be reported broadly in the simulation literature. This study in the Journal of Patient Safety aimed to identify and categorise the type and frequency of reported medical errors in healthcare simulation.
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    Female urologists report higher rates of work-related physical discomfort compared to male urologists. This study in the American Journal of Surgery compared ergonomics during simulated ureteroscopy—the most common surgery for kidney stones—between male and female urologists. The authors found that across all conditions, women required greater muscle activation in multiple muscle groups and had greater NASA Task Load Index (NASA-TLX) scores compared to men. These results suggest there may be gender differences in ergonomics during ureteroscopy based on muscle activation and subjective workload. There is therefore potential for personalising surgical workspaces and equipment.
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    The relationship between the fields of human factors and patient safety is relatively nascent but represents a powerful interaction that has developed in only the last twenty years. Application of human factors principles, techniques, and science can facilitate the development of healthcare systems, protocols, and technology that leverage the enormous and adaptable capacity of human performance while acknowledging human vulnerability and decreasing the risk of error during patient care. This chapter will review these concepts and employ case studies from neonatal care to demonstrate how an understanding of human factors can be applied to improve patient safety.
  6. Content Article
    Despite progress on patient safety since the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report, To Err Is Human, significant problems remain. Human factors and systems engineering (HF/SE) has been increasingly recognized and advocated for its value in understanding, improving, and redesigning processes for safer care, especially for complex interacting sociotechnical systems. However, broad awareness of HF/SE and its adoption into safety improvement work have been frustratingly slow. We provide an overview of HF/SE, its demonstrated value to a wide range of patient safety problems (in particular, medication safety), and challenges to its broader implementation across health care. We make a variety of recommendations to maximise the spread of HF/SE, including formal and informal education programmes, greater adoption of HF/SE by health care organisations, expanded funding to foster more clinician-engineer partnerships, and coordinated national efforts to design and operationalise a system for spreading HF/SE into health care nationally.
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    This paper aims to explore the insights provided by Safety-I and Safety-II approaches by examining the practical application of two frequently used methods: Systematic Human Error Reduction and Prediction Approach (SHERPA) and Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM). Neither method should be uniquely labelled as a Safety-I or Safety-II approach, however, SHERPA is traditionally used within a Safety-I context, and FRAM is frequently used within a Safety-II context. By examining the application of these two methods to the management of post-surgical deterioration, the authors critically reflect on the analysis logic embedded in each method and their potential contribution to improving patient safety.
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    This article looks at the judgements made by experts in the cases that are not covered by rules, focusing on the key role of stories and storytelling. Drawing on literature related to high-reliability theory, organisational learning and naturalistic decision-making, it examines how experts working in diverse critical contexts use stories to share and make sense of their experiences.
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    One way to understand the links between unwanted events, conditions and interventions is via causal loop diagrams. These represent how situations perpetuate in 'causal loops'. They are depicted as words and phrases for events and conditions, and arrows with a plus or minus sign to indicate the direction of causal influence. Causal loop diagrams can assist a conversation via the gradual building of each loop. They can otherwise represent data from research and practice.  Steven Shorrock illustrate the progressive build of a causal loop diagram concerning reactions to unwanted events, including fixes that fail, based on practice and research. This might be useful to professionals seeking to understand why unwanted events continue to occur despite, or because of, interventions. The diagram is not ‘complete’ and would be drawn differently for different purposes, contexts and situations.
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    Operating room black boxes are a way to capture video, audio, and other data in real time to prevent and analyse errors. This article from Campbell et al. presents the results of two studies on operating room staff's perspectives of black boxes. Quality improvement, patient safety, and objective case review were seen as the greatest potential benefits, while decreased psychological safety and loss of privacy (both staff and patient) were the most common concerns.
  11. Content Article
    A new MIT study identifies six systemic factors contributing to patient hazards in laboratory diagnostics tests. By viewing the diagnostic laboratory data ecosystem as an integrated system, MIT researchers have identified specific changes that can lead to safer behaviours for healthcare workers and healthier outcomes for patients.
  12. Content Article
    This article in Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine aims to provide guidelines to define the place of human factors in the management of critical situations in anaesthesia and critical care. The authors aimed to formulate recommendations according to the GRADE® (Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation) methodology for four different fields:communicationorganisationworking environmenttrainingThe guidelines produced include a set of recommendations to guide human factors in critical situations.
  13. Content Article
    Doctors At Work is a series of video podcasts hosted by Dr Mat Daniel. In this episode, Dr Gordon Caldwell shares his experiences of managing and preventing adverse events. He stresses the importance of creating a culture that encourages everyone to speak up. His top tips for preventing errors is to create systems, checklists and routines that ensure a focus on all aspects of care not just the obvious and urgent.
  14. Content Article
    Left-handedness was historically considered a disability and a social stigma, and teachers would make efforts to suppress it in their students. Little data are available on the impact of left-handedness on surgical training and this report aimed to review available data on this subject. The review revealed 19 studies on the subject of left-handedness and surgical training. Key findings include: Left-handedness produced anxiety in residents and their trainers. There was a lack of mentoring on laterality. Surgical instruments, both conventional and laparoscopic, are not adapted to left-handed use and require ambilaterality training from the resident. There is significant pressure to change hand laterality during training. Left-handedness might present an advantage in operations involving situs inversus or left lower limb operations.
  15. Content Article
    The Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland (RCSI) is pleased to announce that applications for our inter-professional and online Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Human Factors in Patient Safety programme is now open for the September 2024 intake.
  16. Content Article
    In this interview for inews, Professor Ted Baker, Chair of the new Health Services Safety Investigations Body (HSSIB), talks about the role of HSSIB in identifying system-wide safety issues in the NHS. He discusses why we need new approaches to tackling patient safety problems and outlines the importance of considering how the wider system leads to human error. He also talks about the impact of bullying on NHS staff, describing his own experiences as a junior doctor, which nearly led him to give up his career. He also describes the vital role of whistleblowers in making changes that genuinely improve patient safety, highlighting the problems currently facing staff who speak up for patient safety.
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    This paper addresses the fundamental discipline theoretic question of whether situation awareness is a phenomenon best described by psychology, engineering or systems ergonomics. Each of these disciplines places a different emphasis on the notion of what situation awareness is and how it manifests itself. Each of the perspectives is presented and compared with reference to studies in aviation and other domains.
  18. Content Article
    Learn how to become a health systems analyst and use the science of ergonomics to improve patient safety and transform day-to-day working practices. Safety scientists play a major role in preventing unintended harm across many high-consequence industries, improving overall wellbeing and changing the culture of workplaces. Staffordshire University MSc in Human Factors for Patient Safety will teach you how to design applied solutions for health and social care settings. The course is ideal for existing health professionals – from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds - who want to specialise in care safety, risk, improvement and system transformation and advisory roles. These highly transferable skills are also relevant to many other sectors. Find out more from the link below. Start date: 28 April 2024
  19. Content Article
    This staffing calculator has been developed by the US Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The tool is in beta version and uses input from individual healthcare facilities to provide recommendations to assist with infection prevention staffing decisions. There are three separate calculators: Acute care hospital calculator Long-term care calculator Ambulatory clinic calculator As the tool is currently in development, the data collected from participating organisations will be used to update the calculators and provide the most accurate staffing recommendations.
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    The aim of this study in the Journal of Patient Safety was to identify quantitative evidence for the efficacy of interprofessional learning (IPL) to improve patient outcomes. The authors conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of quantitative patient outcomes after IPL in multidisciplinary healthcare teams reported in the Medline, Scopus, PsycInfo, Embase and CINAHL databases. The authors believe that their results are the first to demonstrate significant quantitative evidence for the efficacy of IPL to translate into changes in clinical practice and improved patient outcomes. They reinforce earlier qualitative work on the value of IPL.
  21. Event
    This conference will focus on measuring, understanding and acting on patient experience insight, and demonstrating responsiveness to that insight to ensure patient feedback is translated into quality improvement and assurance. Through national updates and case study presentations the conference will support you to measure, monitor and improve patient experience in your service, and ensure that insight leads to quality improvement. Sessions will include learning from patients, improving patient experience, practical sessions focusing on delivering a patient experience based culture, measuring patient experience, demonstrating insight and responsiveness in real time, monitoring and improving staff experience, the role of human factors in improving quality, using patient experience to drive improvement, changing the way we think about patient experience, and learning from excellence in patient experience practice. For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/virtual-online-courses/patient-experience-insight or email frida@hc-uk.org.uk Follow on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #PatientExp hub members receive a 20% discount. Email info@pslhub.org for the discount code.
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    This conference focuses on recognising and responding to the deteriorating patient and ensuring best practice in the use of NEWS2. The conference will include national developments, including the recent recommendations on NEWS2 and Covid-19, and implementing the recommendations from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch Report Investigation into recognising and responding to critically unwell patients. The conference will include practical case study based sessions on identifying patients at risk of deterioration, improving practice in patient observations, the role of human factors in responding to the deteriorating patient, improving escalation and understanding success factors in escalation, sepsis and Covid-19, involving patients and families in recognising deterioration, using clinical judgement, and improving the communication and use of NEWS2 in the community, including care homes, and at the interface of care. The Recording of NEWS2 score, escalation time and response time for unplanned critical care admissions is now an NHS CQUIN goal. For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/virtual-online-courses/deteriorating-patient-summit or email aman@hc-uk.org.uk. hub members receive a 20% discount. Email info@pslhub.org for the discount code. Follow on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #DeterioratingPatient
  23. Content Article
    A series of LinkedIn articles on systems thinking from Phil Evans, Independent HealthTech Consultant.
  24. Event
    Aimed at Clinicians and Managers, this national virtual conference will provide a practical guide to human factors in healthcare, and how a human factors approach can improve patient care, quality, process, and safety. The conference delves into integrating human factors into healthcare systems and processes, clinical decision making, healthcare system design, quality of patient experience, medication safety, and workload, fatigue, and stress management. Throughout the day, there will be interactive sessions, small breakout groups, and collaborative exercises, fostering a dynamic learning experience. For further information and to book your place visit https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/virtual-online-courses/a-practical-guide-to-human-factors-in-healthcare or email kate@hc-uk.org.uk hub members receive a 20% discount. Email info@pslhub.org for discount code. Follow on Twitter @HCUK_Clare #HumanFactors
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