The co-design process of a decision support tool for airway management

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The aim of this study is to design a decision support tool for challenging airway management events in anaesthesia. Major complications in airway management occur infrequently, but have a high risk of causing patient harm. Airway management takes place in complex sociotechnical environments that require anaesthesia teams to make decisions ‘on the fly’, often under time pressure and uncertainty. Contemporary decision support tools for airway management are too complex and do not involve anaesthesia team members in the design process. This study reports a co-design process to design an airway equipment trolley in conjunction with anaesthetists and anaesthetic nurses. It is part of a decision-centred design research program and is based on previously performed cognitive task analysis methods such as observations, Critical Decision Method interviews and focus groups. The present paper will discuss the co-design process including the elicitation of design requirements, the prototype development and the evaluation using case scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018) - Volume I
Subtitle of host publicationHealthcare Ergonomics
EditorsSebastiano Bagnara, Thomas Alexander, Riccardo Tartaglia, Yushi Fujita, Sara Albolino
Place of PublicationCham Switzerland
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319960982
ISBN (Print)9783319960975
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Association of Ergonomics Societies Congress 2018 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 26 Aug 201830 Aug 2018
Conference number: 20th (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


ConferenceInternational Association of Ergonomics Societies Congress 2018
Abbreviated titleIEA 2018
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  • Airway management
  • Decision making
  • Human factors

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