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Problems with a syringe pump II (the sequel)

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Uploaded on Nov 30, 2010

What is a syringe pump? They are important medical devices that can be programmed to slowly push an injection so the patient receives a drug in the way the medics want. Typically this will involve programming different doses, times and rates.

The original 'Problems with a syringe pump' was created by Harold Thimbleby two years ago. It illustrated how small device interaction problems, such as timeout functions, can be detrimental to the performance of medical staff. For example, medical staff frequently had to turn the device on and off and enter loads of details, which seems distracting and a waste of their time if it could be designed better.

That interest in identifying and improving medical device interaction led to the CHI+MED project. This video points out further problems with an infusion pump that were identified in the device modelling work of Patrick Oladimeji, who is a researcher at Swansea University.

This clip was taken from "Man-Machine Nightmares: Chaos Buttons, Human Error and Healthcare"

Related blog post: http://chi-med.posterous.com/how-easy...

This film was made as part of the CHI+MED (Computer-Human Interaction in Medicine) project. This multidisciplinary project aims to improve the safety of interactive (programmable) medical devices, such as infusion pumps. By understanding more about device design and human factors, medical errors can be reduced thus saving lives. CH+MED is funded by EPSRC grant EP/G059063/1.
http://www.chi-med.ac.uk/

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