This study examines the implementation of safety huddles and analyses key social, cultural and organisational aspects that are important in creating effective safety huddles. The paper presents a model of a tiered-huddle system that has been implemented at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA, and provides a useful analysis of the ways in which safety huddles can impact patient safety.
One of the earliest references to human factors in the healthcare literature dates back to 1957 and calls for equipment to be designed in terms of human capabilities and limitations.
In this paper, Julie Storr, Neil Wigglesworth and Claire Kilpatrick, on behalf of the Infection Prevention Society, discuss the application of human factors principles within infection prevention and control activities – up until now a largely unexploited area.
This paper by Emma Nunez and Patrick Mitchell examines the role of human factors in tackling the human and organisational factors around patient safety. It includes the key roles of staff and how to develop organisational resilience.
This detailed review from the World Health Organisation describes ten major human factors topics, and provides an indication of the tools that are available for measurement and training in each of these areas.