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Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design




CRC Press, Boca Raton, U.S.A.



Matthew B. Weinger, Michael E. Wiklund and Daryle J. Gardner-Bonneau



Handbook of Human Factors in Medical Device Design

Year of Publication











Krishna B. Misra



Review published in IJPE, Vol. 7, No. 6, November 2011, p. 524.



The book consists of the following 19 chapters followed by Michael E. Wiklunds’ Introduction to the Handbook:


Chapter 1

General Principles

22 Pages

Chapter 2

Basic Human Abilities

40 Pages

Chapter 3

Environment of Use

34 Pages

Chapter 4

Anthropometry and Biomechanics

55 Pages

Chapter 5


47 Pages

Chapter 6

Testing and Evaluation

49 Pages

Chapter 7


45 Pages

Chapter 8

Visual Displays

53 Pages

Chapter 9

Connections and Connectors

45 Pages

Chapter 10

Alarm Design

27 Pages

Chapter 11

Software User Interfaces

46 Pages

Chapter 12


71 Pages

Chapter 13

Signs, Symbols and Markings

51 Pages

Chapter 14


28 Pages

Chapter 15

Device Life Cycle

22 Pages

Chapter 16

Hand Tool Design

70 Pages

Chapter 17

Mobile Medical Devices

31 Pages

Chapter 18

Home Health Care

24 Pages

Chapter 19

Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Design of Medical Devices

24 Pages


02 Pages


08 Pages


17 Pages



At least 98000 People die in hospitals each year in U.S.A. alone due to medical errors that could have been prevented. Medical errors include improper transfusions, surgical injuries and wrong-site surgery, restraint-related injuries or death, falls, burns, pressure ulcers, and mistaken patient identities. High error rates with 978-0-8058-5627-9serious consequences occur in intensive care units, operating rooms, and emergency departments. These errors are estimated to result in total costs (including the expense of additional care necessitated by the errors, lost income and household productivity, and disability) of between $17-29 billion per year in hospitals nationwide besides loss of trust in the health care system by patients and diminished satisfaction by both patients and health professionals.


Therefore, the claim of the editors of this Handbook is justified in promoting the design of safe, effective, and usable medical devices. Undoubtedly, this Handbook is a single source of authoritative information to support design and evaluation of medical device user interfaces and can be used by all engineers, designers, manufacturers, and specialists involved in the area with particular emphasis on human factor based designs and engineering which may eventually result in an effective and user friendly interface designs that also conform to Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) standards. The design guidelines can be used to develop products requirements by the developers. All chapters have been designed to stand alone with a large number of figures, pictures and tables. Each chapter is appended by resources and references. The reviewer has no hesitation in saying that this 821-pages Handbook constitutes the most exhaustive and complete coverage of the subject material and would make a useful resource book for all involved with the medical interfaces and instrumentation.


In general, the book would be very useful resource for medical practitioners, researchers, engineers particularly for those dealing with design of medical equipment particularly with human factors engineering considerations. The students and teachers pursuing human factors, particularly, in improving the quality, reliability and safety of medical devices will find this book of great interest.


Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 6, November 2011, p. 524.

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