Human factors considerations in designing for infection prevention and control in neonatal care – findings from a pre-design inquiry

Trudel, Chantal and Cobb, Sue and Momtahan, Kathryn and Brintnell, Janet and Mitchell, Ann (2017) Human factors considerations in designing for infection prevention and control in neonatal care – findings from a pre-design inquiry. Ergonomics . pp. 1-16. ISSN 1366-5847

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Abstract

Qualitative data collection methods drawn from the early stages of human-centred design frameworks combined with thematic analysis were used to develop an understanding of infection prevention practice within an existing neonatal intensive care unit. Findings were used to generate a framework of understanding which in turn helped inform a baseline approach for future research and design development. The study revealed that a lack of clarity between infection transmission zones and a lack of design attributes needed to uphold infection prevention measures may be undermining healthcare workers’ understanding and application of good practice. The issue may be further complicated by well-intentioned behavioural attitudes to meeting work objectives; undue influences from spatial constraints; the influence of inadvertent and excessive touch-based interactions; physical and/or cognitive exertion to maintain transmission barriers; and the impact of expanding job design and increased workload to supplement for lack of effective barriers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ergonomics on 31 May 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00140139.2017.1330967
Keywords: Infection prevention and control, neonatal intensive care unit, human factors, ergonomics design
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1080/00140139.2017.1330967
Depositing User: Cobb, Sue
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 12:35
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 12:40
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44571

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