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Chapter Workstations

Medical care environments are populated with special purpose medical workstations, such as those enabling ultrasound imaging, anesthesia delivery, and blood chemistry analysis, to name just a few. Designing medical workstations according to accepted human factors principles and practices should contribute substantially to the safety, effectiveness, and ef - ciency of the associated medical procedures. It should also contribute to the physical and emotional well-being of the workstation users, whether they are caregivers, technicians, maintainers, or patients. Therefore, an investment in the human factors of a medical workstation is clinically bene cial and can provide a measurable business payoff to the manufacturer (e.g., increased market share, reduced need for customer support, and reduced risk of product liability claims).