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Archive: January 16, 2018

Think Human factors doesn't have an impact on clinical outcomes like infection rates? Guess again! According to the World Health Organization (2017), infections acquired in healthcare settings represent the most frequent adverse event occurring in the delivery of healthcare and no institution or country has solved the problem yet. Furthermore, with growing concerns for antibiotic resistance, effective strategies to support infection prevention and control (IPAC) are in desperate need.


This webinar presents two case studies where human factors/ergonomics research and interventions focused on improving our understanding of design's influence on infection transmission and design considerations to support IPAC. These case studies will help organizations see the benefits of applying a human factors approach in designing optimal environments to reduce the spread of infection.


Tracey Herlihey PhD

Dr. Tracey Herlihey, is a National Investigator with the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch in the UK. Previously, Dr. Herlihey worked as a Human Factors Specialist at Healthcare Human Factors, a partner of the University Health Network in Toronto. It was there that Dr. Herlihey conducted studies on the use, design and environmental context of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Chantal Trudel MSc

Professor Chantal Trudel, is a faculty member at Carleton University's School of Industrial Design, Faculty of Engineering and Design. Professor Trudel is an ergonomist/human factors specialist and industrial designer with professional experience in healthcare planning and design.


Janet Brintnell

Janet Brintnell, is a Clinical Nurse Manager at The Ottawa Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Janet Brintnell is a registered nurse with extensive clinical experience with the neonatal population.  She has been the Clinical Manager for both the NICU and Special Care Nursery for 17 years and holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration.