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By ISQua Friday. May 15, 2020

Recorded Webinar: Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Ventilators for COVID-19 Featured

Professor Sue Hignett and Paul Bowie from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) joined us for a special live webinar on Human Factors in the Design and Operation of Ventilators for Covid-19.

This webinar shared how Human Factors & Ergonomics (HFE) knowledge and expertise has been used in the design and operation of ventilators in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Firstly, they developed guidance for ventilator manufacturers on specific HFE issues (e.g. user interface, instructions for use). 


Secondly, they produced a usability testing protocol with a writing team of 16 Clinicians and Ergonomists (Human Factors Specialists) which was circulated to the manufacturers. 


Thirdly, they produced information about using Human Factors for communication (procedures and checklists) to support the introduction of new equipment and rapidly changing ways of working during the COVID-19 pandemic.


And finally, they shared the challenges, experiences and learning that they are taking forward.


Watch the Recording:



About the presenters

Professor Sue Hignett is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (FCIEHF), Chartered Ergonomist & Human Factors Specialist (C.Erg.HF.), Certified European Ergonomist (Eur.Erg), Chartered Physiotherapist. Her research looks at a wide range of Human Factors/Ergonomics issues including design of safer systems, building and vehicle (ambulance) design, emergency and CBRNe response, and staff wellbeing.

She led a national working group to develop the CIEHF White Paper on ‘Human Factors in Health and Social Care’ (


Professor Paul Bowie is a chartered ergonomist and human factors specialist, safety scientist and medical educator. He has worked in the National Health Service in Scotland for over 25 years in a range of quality and safety advisory roles. He currently works as Programme Director with NHS Education for Scotland based in Glasgow, UK where he leads SKIRC (Safety, Skills and Improvement Research Collaborative).

Paul has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles on quality and safety in international healthcare journals, and co-edited a book on safety and improvement in primary care. He is Honorary Professor and a PhD supervisor/examiner in the Institute of Health and Well-being, University of Glasgow.


Please visit ISQua’s COVID-19 Research Page for up to date research, recordings, information and guidance from around the world. We are constantly updating this resource. 

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