Soon after the UK went into lockdown, the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) formed a COVID-19 task force to support the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). The Keil Centre volunteered and became a key contributor for a number of urgent tasks that required specific human factors expertise. We are proud to have worked on the development of guidance to aid the usability testing of new ventilator systems, the development of a bedside guide for ventilator emergency care for COVID-19 patients, and guidance to help design effective and usable work procedures more generally.
The fourth and latest task has been the development of a new bedside guide for routine tracheostomy care. The purpose of this guidance is to provide key information to healthcare staff who are looking after patients with tracheostomies.
The guidance consists of a series of action cards for specific tasks and an equipment list. It will be kept at the patient bedside to aid good clinical practice at the frontline.
Human factors specialists from the Keil Centre worked as a small team in conjunction with other human factors professionals in the NHS, academics and clinical experts to develop the guidance.
You can find the guidance here.