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Application of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Improving Patient Safety Culture
Patient safety is a serious global public health issue. Estimates show that in developed countries as many as one in 10 patients is harmed while receiving hospital care. Increasingly complex healthcare, involvement of multiple disciplines and varied sources of information all contribute to the increasing likelihood and impact of medical errors. Different approaches and methods have been utilized and applied to optimize patient safety issues worldwide. Human factors and ergonomics provides a ‘tried and true’ framework for building and strengthening that elusive safety culture by correcting the mismatch between individuals, the equipments, systems, and process in which they work in, we can improve patient safety.
Patient Safety, Human Factor, Ergonomics, Safety Culture.
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