The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

National Research Center for Traumatology assigned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Human Factors

The Focus Area “Human Factors” aims to explore how human cognitive and physiological abilities and limitations impact work within prehospital and disaster medicine, as well as to use this knowledge to design efficient, safe, and usable technical systems in these domains. Issues such as the impact of workload and stress on clinical work, training of cognitive and technical skills, and usability of technical devices are all relevant to this Focus Area. Active projects include “Accident Site of the Future”, which aims to develop technology and methodology to ensure efficient and effective emergency response to potential accident sites in the future, “Stop the Bleed” which aims at improving society’s response to traumatic bleedings, and “Safe Ambulance Practice” that aims to improve the working conditions of ambulance workers with regards to their ability to provide safe and efficient care during emergency transport. The project “Educational Interoperability for Emergency Response Organizations” aims to develop a joint educational platform for emergency response organizations such as the rescue service, police, and emergency medical services.

Coordinator for focus area ‘Human Factors’ is Dr Erik Prytz