Human Factors: The Impact on Patient Safety
Explore why humans are error prone and the strategies that protect patients from these errors. See how technology, processes, and teamwork make health care safer. Learn to work with machines and other people for better care outcomes for patients.
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- 27 Jul 2020
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On successful completion of the subject you should be able to:
- establish the principles of Human Factors and the role of Human Factors in the prevention of errors in healthcare delivery
- communicate the cognitive and behavioural characteristics of humans that make humans error prone in relation to working environments and machinery & technology
- develop strategies using human factors knowledge to decrease risk of errors occurring in the areas of medication administration, teamwork & communication, clinical handover and clinical deterioration.
- Introduction to Human Factors
- Human Factors and Working Environments, Machinery and Technology
- Human Factors and Medication Errors
- Human Factors and Teamwork & Situation Awareness
- Human Factors and the use of Structured tools to improve Clinical Handover
- Human Factors: Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
Enrolment in a graduate degree.
No special requirements
The study of Human Factors provides understanding of human characteristics and applies this to improving the design of machines, systems and team environments to reduce the likelihood of error in health care.
This subject examines cognitive and behavioural characteristics that make humans error prone. Strategies to improve the human-machine interface and human to human interactions will be identified and examined. The subject focuses on achievable ways of using human factors to build defences into the healthcare system to protect patients.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
ONLINE DISCUSSION FORUM: Students are expected to actively contribute to the discussion topic that will be posted on the discussion board. The rationale for your engagement in these on-line discussions is to make use of the rich and varied industry experience that each student has, applied to the information gained in these modules. (30%) QUIZZES: At the completion of the modules specified in the Unit Information and Learning Guide you must complete a quiz on the topic. The quiz will be available for 4-5 days, with the dates shown on the schedule of assessment timetable. If you have not completed the requirements for these assessments within these dates it will be considered that you have not submitted the assessment. (30%) REPORT: The intent of this report is for you to have the opportunity to integrate the information that has been covered in all of the modules into a coherent whole that will then allow you to apply this knowledge within your current and future roles and practice environments. (40%)
- Online Discussion Forum (30%)
- Quizzes (30%)
- Written Report (40%)
Patient Safety - An Essential Guide
Gluyas, H. and Morrison, P.
Human Factors in Healthcare - Level 1