The Life Sciences Report - Summer 2017

Factoring in Human Factors -

According to a recent British Medical Journal research report, the mean rate of death from medical error in U.S. hospitals is estimated to be over 251,000 people per year. Though many medical errors are due to medication errors, patient hand-offs, and issues with hospital processes, other errors are attributable to poor medical device design.1 Human factors engineering plays an essential role in reducing the rate of these avoidable deaths and additional adverse outcomes.

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