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Infection Prevention and Control Considerations in Medical Design for Neonatal Intensive Care

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Professor Chantal Trudel

Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Human Factors Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Loughborough, UK

February 9, 2016 13:00 - 14:30

Canal Building Room 2104, Carleton University

Paid parking available on campus.

Registration not required.


Professor Trudel will be discussing her recent research on infection prevention and control and the design of medical equipment within the context of neonatal intensive care. Her study involved the use of qualitative methods drawn from human centred design to understand breaches in infection prevention and control occurring during routine care at the patient bedside. Methods such as planning, stakeholder meetings and 50 hours of naturalistic observation were used to document the physical design of the unit, medical equipment used at the bedside, as well as work processes, interactions and perspectives of health care workers related to infection prevention and control. This culminated in a data set of approximately 55,000 words and codes as well as detailed visual and physical documentation. The data was examined and categorized using thematic analysis to help identify factors which may be influencing breaches and inform further research and development in medical design to support infection prevention and control.


Chantal Trudel is an Assistant Professor in the School of Industrial Design. She is both an industrial designer (B.I.D, Carleton) and ergonomist (MSc, University of Nottingham). Prior to joining Carleton, Chantal worked on large, multidisciplinary teams, as a senior medical planner and designer on Winnipeg's Health Sciences Centre's (HSC) Women and Newborn Hospital (Parkin Architects/Architecture 49) and Infrastructure Québec's pursuit stage of the McGill University Health Network Glen Campus competition in Montreal (Parkin Architects under OHL). In 2010, Chantal and her colleagues received the Canadian Architect Award of Excellence for the Women and Newborn Hospital and a High Commendation for the same project from the International Academy for Design and Health in the International Future Health Project Category in 2012.

Chantal is interested in design's role in health, safety, performance and productivity, with special interest in: clinical processes and the design of products and environment; patient and family experience in health care design; the role of design in understanding and practicing infection prevention and control (IPAC); and human computer interaction in health care design. Her students have explored digital navigation in hospitals; noise cancellation/personalized acoustic control for in-patients; IPAC and human factors considerations in furniture and equipment design; sensor and internet-enabled technology for facilitating family assistance in care; to name just a few examples.

Chantal's research on ergonomics in clinical audiology has been featured in Access Audiology & The Leader, a digital publication on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website. Her research on IPAC and health care design will be prsented at the 2016 Human Factors and Ergonomics Symposium in Health Care in San Diego and at the 2016 Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference in Daventry, England.

related links

Audiology Case Study

Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care Conference Presentation on Infection Prevention and Control and Neonatal Intensive Care Design

Ergonomics and Human Factors Conference Presentation on Infection Prevention and Control and Neonatal Intensive Care Design

Health Care Design

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