1st Edition

Medical Device and Equipment Design
Usability Engineering and Ergonomics

Edited By

Michael E. Wiklund



ISBN 9780935184693
Published February 15, 1995 by CRC Press
398 Pages

USD $290.00

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Book Description

The key to profitability and success in both the medical device and the equipment markets often relates to how easy your products are to use. User acceptance and preference frequently is dependent upon ergonomic design.

Medical Device and Equipment Design helps you enhance your product design, maximize user acceptance, and minimize potential problems in the marketplace. It provides practical guidance on how to plan and incorporate ergonomic design principles into medical devices and equipment so users intuitively feel comfortable with the product.

Design engineers, usability and reliability engineers, software programmers, documentation specialists, product managers, quality engineers, and market/product managers will find this text invaluable in getting usability built into products from the very beginning.

Table of Contents

TAKING A USER-CENTERED APPROACH TO DESIGN
How to Implement Usability Engineering
Managing the Transition to a User-Centered Approach to Design
Measuring the Usability Payoff

THE NEED FOR USABLE MEDICAL DEVICES
Medical Device Usability: A Survey of Critical-Care Nurses
Human Error Signals Opportunity for Design Improvement

DETERMINING USER REQUIREMENTS
Conducting Effective Focus Groups
The Making of a Task-Oriented Product
Setting Product Usability Goals
Computer-Based Tools for Anthropometric Design

DESIGN THE USER INTERFACE
The Value of Human Factors Guidelines
Improving the Visual Design of Computer Screens
Making Color a Contributing Component of the User Interface
The Role of Symbols in User Interfaces
Communicating Clinical Information with Auditory Signals
Designing Medical Devices for Older Users
Cumulative Trauma Disorders: Implications for Product Design
Designing for Portability
Designing Packaging for Convenience and Safety
Keyboards: Assessing User Satisfaction and Performance Capabilities
Choosing an Effective Pointing Device

PROTOTYPING THE USER INTERFACE
Prototyping the User Interface
User-Interface Prototypes: How Realistic Should They Be?

TESTING THE USER INTERFACE
Usability Tests of Medical Products as a Prelude to the Clinical Trial
Building a Usability Test Laboratory

DEVELOPING LEARNING TOOLS AND WARNINGS
Writing Effective User Manuals
Creating Quick-Reference Guides for Medical Devices
In Search of Effective Warnings

SPECIAL TOPICS
The Usability Payoff: Case Study of a Syringe Pump
Ergonomic Design of MIS Devices

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