Human factors and ergonomics to improve performance in intensive care units during the COVID-19 pandemic

Valentina Della Torre, Flavio E. Nacul, Peter Rosseel, Heather Baid, Kaushik Bhowmick, Piotr Szawarski, Tapas K. Sahoo, Tughan Utku, Adrian Wong, Manu L.N.G. Malbrain

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched health care resources to the point of crisis worldwide. It is considered the worst global emergency since World War II and has intensely shaken health systems, eco­nomies, and societies. The pandemic began in China back in December 2019 with rapid and extensive international spread, and a mortality rate of more than three million people to date, overwhelming hospitals, mortuaries, and cemeteries. The short-term impact on people takes the form of anxiety about health and livelihoods, and restrictive adjustments. Healthcare workers also carry the physical and psychological burden of working through further pandemic peaks having experienced the first wave. Although there has been growing recognition of the importance of human factors (HF), skills and ergonomics in delivering high quality care in the complex environment of the intensive care unit (ICU), the pandemic has sharply accelerated their application.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    JournalAnaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2021

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    • COVID-19
    • pandemic
    • intensive care
    • human factors
    • resilience
    • leadership


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