Medical devices and patient safety

Crit Care Nurse. 2012 Aug;32(4):60-8. doi: 10.4037/ccn2012925.


Errors related to health care devices are not well understood. Nurses in intensive care and progressive care environments can benefit from understanding manufacturer-related error and device-use error, the principles of human factors engineering, and the steps that can be taken to reduce risk of errors related to health care devices.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care*
  • Equipment and Supplies / adverse effects*
  • Ergonomics
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Patient Safety*