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Human factors/ergonomics to support the design and testing of rapidly manufactured ventilators in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic

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posted on 17.12.2020, 09:50 authored by Sue HignettSue Hignett, Janette Edmonds, Tracey Herlihey, Laura Pickup, Richard Bye, Emma Crumpton, Mark Sujan, Fran Ive, Daniel Jenkins, Miranda Newbery, David Embery, Paul Bowie, Chris Ramsden, Noorzaman Rashid, Alastair Williamson, Anne-Marie Bougeard, Peter McNaughton
Background: This paper describes a rapid response project from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors (CIEHF) to support the design, development, usability testing and operation of new ventilators as part of the UK response during the COVID-19 pandemic. Method: A five-step approach was taken to (1) assess the COVID-19 situation and decide to formulate a response; (2) mobilise and coordinate Human Factors/Ergonomics (HFE) specialists; (3) ideate, with HFE specialists collaborating to identify, analyse the issues and opportunities, and develop strategies, plans and processes; (4) generate outputs and solutions; and (5) respond to the COVID-19 situation via targeted support and guidance. Results: The response for the rapidly manufactured ventilator systems (RMVS) has been used to influence both strategy and practice to address concerns about changing safety standards and the detailed design procedure with RMVS manufacturers. Conclusion: The documents are part of a wider collection of HFE advice which is available on the CIEHF COVID-19 website (https://covid19.ergonomics.org.uk/).

History

School

  • Design and Creative Arts

Department

  • Design

Published in

International Journal for Quality in Health Care

Volume

33

Issue

Supplement_1

Pages

4 - 10

Publisher

Oxford University Press on behalf of International Society for Quality in Health Care

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by OUP under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

19/07/2020

Publication date

2020-08-11

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1353-4505

eISSN

1464-3677

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Sue Hignett Deposit date: 16 December 2020