At least 400,000 people die every year in US hospitals due to fully preventable medical errors. This is the third leading cause of death in our country, and a major public health crisis. The majority of those deaths are due to poorly-designed technology that completely fails to support a culture of safety, and communication problems between clinicians, patients, and other stakeholders. We focus on helping address these problems by building on the success of the aforementioned robotics projects, and designing technology across a range of healthcare settings from the operating room to the bedside.
We are designing new tools to address another major patient safety challenge: resuscitation. Similar to the aforementioned coordination dynamics, well-coordinated resuscitation teams are more likely to save lives. This project introduces an intelligent, interactive tool which enables clinicians to quickly coordinate their practice, keep track of all drugs they have administered, and more effectively administer CPR. This tool was tested in both urban and regional pediatric intensive care units; and in rural emergency departments (Gonales, Cheung, and Riek, 2015; Gonzales et al, 2016), and was found to reduce cognitive load and inprove situational awareness during pediatric resuscitation (Gonzales, Setnak, and Riek, in review).