Design and testing of a new medical rail-adapter product

DS 75-1: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), Design for Harmonies, Vol.1: Design Processes, Seoul, Korea, 19-22.08.2013

Year: 2013
Editor: Udo Lindemann, Srinivasan V, Yong Se Kim, Sang Won Lee, John Clarkson, Gaetano Cascini
Author: Wu, Xiaolong; Choi, Young Mi
Series: ICED
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology, United States of America
Page(s): 221-228
ISBN: 978-1-904670-44-5
ISSN: 2220-4334


Injuries caused by medical device use errors were much more common than injuries resulting from medical device failures. There are many factors that contribute to device use errors such as device complexity or disorganization of the devices themselves. Rail-adapter systems are one way of helping to improve the organization and management of medical equipment. This paper discusses the current state of rail-adapter systems and the development of a new rail-adapter product based on issues in existing products. The performance of the new rail adapter is tested against other products to investigate whether the design updates contribute to real improvements in performance and efficiency for healthcare workers.

Keywords: Human factors and ergonomics, product design, health care, medical rail-adapter, hand gesture cognition


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