Human Errors and Medical Devices Accidents

This course is part of Clinical Engineering Professional

Course Overview

This course teaches the basic principles needed to analyze medical devices, medical device users, medical device environments involved in medical device accidents. It particularly focuses on human factors engineering as an important step to minimizing human error. Medical device manufacturers, medical device regulators and medical device owners will be examined to identify their role in reducing medical device use errors and medical device accidents. The nature and types of human error and well as a taxonomy of medical device accidents will also be presented. Investigative techniques including “root cause analysis” and “failure modes and effects analysis” will be taught and applied to industrial and medical device accidents. Operating room fires, electrosurgical and laser burns, anesthesia injuries, infusion device accidents, catheters and electrode failures and tissue injury in the medical environment will be discussed in detail

Learning Outcomes

Understand the importance of patient safety in the context of medical devices. Explain the role and responsibility of manufacturers in ensuring patient safety. Describe the principles of human factors engineering and how it is applied to medical device design. Identify the causes and effects of medical device accidents and the importance of reporting such incidents. Explain the concept of failure modes and effects analysis and how it is used to identify potential risks associated with medical devices. Identify the different types of human errors and their impact on patient safety. Recognize high-risk technologies and the importance of safety measures when using them. Explain the concept of alarm management and the risks associated with alarm fatigue
Block 1: Patient Safety
Block 2: Medical Device Accidents
Block 3: High Risk Technologies & Alarm Management and Alarm Fatigue
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