Analysis of a "simple" medical device

W. A. Rogers, A. L. Mykityshyn, R. H. Campbell, A. D. Fisk

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This article demonstrates how human factors/ergonomics tools can be applied to blood glucose meters and medical devices in general. Blood glucose meters specifically designed for patient use were reviewed via a task analysis. Real users reported a number of problems, contrary to manufacturer's claims about ease of use. The possibility for design-induced human error was demonstrated, which strongly argues for human factors intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-14
Number of pages9
JournalErgonomics in Design
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Engineering(all)


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