Design for Patient Safety

Design for Patient Safety sets out how design can be used to cut the risk of medical errors and accidents, making hospitals safer for patients and better environments for healthcare workers.

The report, jointly commissioned by the Design Council and the Department of Health, says healthcare products and services have been designed without enough knowledge either about how they will be used or the system they will be part of. The result has been that too often the potential for errors has been overlooked or inadvertently designed in to healthcare systems.

The answer, says the report, is to move away from a culture of blame to an approach that recognises errors as the 'culmination of failures in the healthcare system' and uses design across that system to improve safety.

The report is a response to the Government

Year: 
2003
Publisher: 
Design Council
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This publication is available for download as a PDF file.

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