Masters Theses


"Each year, advances in the healthcare industry allows for better patient care and increased ability to save lives. Looking at standardized and common healthcare devices for both inside and outside the hospital environment, this research studied the tradeoffs and human factors that affect operator performance and patient survival. This research studied the impact of human factors and technology in the development and implementation of the automated external defibrillator for out-of-hospital use and the incremental advantages of SMArT infusion pump technology over traditional intravenous infusion pumps for in-hospital care. The study highlights the complex human factors of both products and establishes a need for more extensive user modeling and operator studies in order to better integrate the devices into the patient care system. Based on current results, minor changes to the design should provide significant positive impact to the overall effectiveness and performance of these devices"--Abstract, page iv.


Murray, Susan L.
Grantham Lough, Katie, 1979-

Committee Member(s)

Sheng, Hong


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Automated external defibrillator innovation and usability design
  • Assessment of risk and usability for infusion pump technology


ix, 43 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 34).


© 2010 Anthony Joseph Strawhun, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Defibrillators -- Analysis
Design -- Human factors
Drug infusion pumps -- Analysis

Thesis Number

T 9760

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