HIGNETT, S. ...et al., Safer anaesthetic rooms: Human factors/ergonomics analysis of work practices. Journal of Perioperative Practice, In press.
Aim: To analyse the design of anaesthetic rooms (AR) using Human Factors & Ergonomics (HFE) methods.
Methods: Hierarchical Task Analysis, Link Analysis and Anthropometry.
Findings: Several latent design errors negatively affect drug and patient preparation tasks. Recommendations include AR layout design modifications and system level changes.
Discussion: HFE principles provide generic recommendations but specific design details may not be generalizable.
Conclusion: Further research is needed to explore the implementation of system changes.
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