Human factors and safety in emergency medicine

Resuscitation. 1994 Dec;28(3):221-5. doi: 10.1016/0300-9572(94)90067-1.


A model based on an input process and outcome conceptualisation is suggested to address safety-relevant factors in emergency medicine. As shown in other dynamic and demanding environments, human factors play a decisive role in attaining high quality service. Attitudes held by health-care providers, organisational shells and work-cultural parameters determine communication, conflict resolution and workload distribution within and between teams. These factors should be taken into account to improve outcomes such as operational integrity, job satisfaction and morale.

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Medicine / standards*
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Patient Care Team
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Safety*