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Computerised Link Analysis

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9th Bi-annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9) (NDM)

Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9)

23 - 26 June 2009

Link Analysis, healthcare, template generating (layout generating), data recording (event recording), result generating, tablet PC, touching screen

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      Motivation – Link Analysis (LA) is a method to study relationships of elements within a system, and it is also used as a data recording method of Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM), e.g. capturing staff movements. However LA has limitations, such as time-consuming data recording and results generating processes. Research approach – Computerised Link Analysis (CLA) system is being developed and tested by computerising template generating, real-time event recording and data analysing processes. Design – The first version of system has been accomplished and its description is included to demonstrate its versatility. Research limitations – This system is still at an early prototype stage and improvements and tests need to be conducted. Value – CLA is the first system which is designed specially for healthcare domain and has proven to save plenty of time compared to manual method. Take away message – CLA system is able to offer analysts an efficient and effective tool to perform LA.

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          Reviewing ambulance design for clinical efficiency and paramedic safety.

          This study aimed to review the layout of the patient compartment in a UK ambulance for paramedic efficiency and safety using: (1) link analysis; (2) postural analysis. Paramedics were observed over 16 shifts (130 h) carrying out a range of clinical tasks. The most frequently occurring clinical tasks were checking blood oxygen saturation, oxygen administration, monitoring the heart and checking blood pressure. Access to the equipment and consumables to support these tasks had been designed for the attendant seat (head end of the stretcher), however, a link analysis found that paramedics preferred to sit along side the stretcher which resulted in increased reach distances. The higher frequency tasks were found to include over 40% of working postures which required corrective measures. It was concluded that future ambulance design should be based on an ergonomics analysis (including link analysis and postural analysis) of clinical activities.
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            Affiliations
            Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety Unit

            Dept. of Human Sciences

            Loughborough University
            Dept. of Human Sciences

            Loughborough University
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            Conference
            June 2009
            June 2009
            : 390-398
            10.14236/ewic/NDM2009.64
            © Yu Zhao et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 9th Bi-annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9), BCS London

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            9th Bi-annual International Conference on Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9)
            NDM
            9
            BCS London
            23 - 26 June 2009
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Naturalistic Decision Making (NDM9)
            Product
            Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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