The value of human factors and ergonomics on medical devices and its importance on medical device training

15 November 2017


Organised by IPEM's Clinical Engineering Special Interest Group

The consideration of human factors and ergonomic design aim to deliver products that enable users to give the best possible care to patients and will be easy to use. Therefore, a well designed, user-friendly medical device will be likely to lead to better adherence to correct use and keep levels of all acceptable associated risks to a minimum. There are many factors that come into play during the process of integration of human factors and ergonomics into the overall design process of a medical device, forming, nowadays, an indispensable part of it. Key points to take into account are, for example, intended medical device users’ profile (eg gender, age, height, education, values, motivations etc), the environment being used, and training that the users would receive before using the product. At the same time, it is important to realise and identify all major hazards and user interface characteristics that could be related to safety during the whole life-cycle of the product.

With reference to the imminent Guidance document on “Human Factors and Usability Engineering” to be published by MHRA, this meeting aims to bring together researchers from all relevant disciplines active in the field, including medical device users, clinical/biomedical engineers, and all associated healthcare workers to discuss latest trends, and explore the significance of the above factors to the quality and safety of patient care, as well as its implications to medical device user training. Furthermore, it is also intended to explore ways and exchange ideas on how everyone involved could play a role and contribute towards improvement of the overall medical design process and hence, minimising the occurrence of medical device adverse incidences for a better quality of care.

Learning outcomes
1. The importance of Human Factors and Ergonomics in reducing all associated potential hazards arising from medical device use to a minimum, and hence, in providing better quality of care and healthcare outcomes
2. The implications of the above factors on medical device user training

Target audience

1. Clinical/biomedical engineers
2. Medical Device designers/manufacturers and regulators
3. Medical device safety officers (MDSO’s)
4. Medical device users
5. Medical device trainers
6. Notifying Bodies   

Abstract submission
Abstract submissions are invited from interested professionals in healthcare, industry and academia. Presentations in all relevant areas and disciplines are welcome. If you would like to submit an abstract for this conference, please follow the instructions on our
Abstract Submission page.
Abstract submission deadline: 1st September 2017

The provisional programme will be available to download here in September 2017.

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Registration fees:
IPEM member: £155
IPEM member trainee: £130
IPEM member technologist: £115
IPEM member student/retired/non-salaried: £85
Non-member: £205

Please note there is a £20 discount on these prices if booked up to 4 weeks in advance.
Full prices apply from 18th October 2017
Registration deadline: 1st November 2017

This conference will take place in York. Venue details to follow. 

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