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Safety within Healthcare -- Sidney Dekker
Safety is an important topic in Healthcare. Human Factors and Ergonomics professionals are most often also involved with safety, not just within healthcare but in many aspects of their work. One of the emerging ideas in safety is a rethinking how we approach safety in industry. Sidney Dekker, a professor at Griffith University in Australia, has written and spoken a lot about this new perspective this lecture gives a good summary. Take a moment to watch his video and learn more Safety Differently.
Saving Lives: Guidance from the Science of Teamwork
The TeamSTEPPS principles are built off a rich history within human factors research. One of the pre-eminent researchers in the area of teams is Dr. Eduardo Salas of Rice University. Take a look at one of Dr. Salas’ presentations from Rice University regarding the importance of teams, the psychology behind teamwork, and a series of useful tips that can be applied to your own teams.
What is the difference between human factors and ergonomics?
This is a very frequently asked question when discussing human factors. A good answer can be found from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors based in the UK: “The terms ‘ergonomics’ and ‘human factors’ can be used interchangeably, although ‘ergonomics’ is often used in relation to the physical aspects of the environment, such as workstations and control panels, while ‘human factors’ is often used in relation to wider system in which people work.”