Have you ever pulled on a door handle that is marked “push”? Or turned a device off when you meant to turn it on? If you have experienced these things in your everyday life, you know how important it is to get design right. When it comes to using medical equipment during surgery, pushing the right button at the right moment could even be a matter of life and death.
Usability is one of the top three requirements that come up when I talk to hospital administrators and clinical staff about what they require in their imaging equipment.
In orthopedic surgery, as the volume of patients increases and orthopedic professionals adopt new open and minimally invasive techniques, good usability will become even more critical. It’s something we are very aware of at Philips in the design of our mobile and fixed C-arms. This medical imaging equipment is used by a variety of individual users and teams during orthopedic procedures.
For our mobile C-arms, for example, two people are often using the system, each standing in a different position, and they may have to reposition the C-arm dozens of times during a spinal fixation procedure. That is why usability can make a critical difference.