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Using graphical representations to support the calculation of infusion parameters

Gould, SJJ; Cox, AL; Brumby, DP; (2013) Using graphical representations to support the calculation of infusion parameters. In: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013. (pp. 721 -728). Springer: Berlin. Green open access

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Abstract

A variety of medical procedures require arithmetic calculations to be performed. These calculations can be complex and induce errors that can have serious consequences on the ward. In this paper, we consider whether a graphical representation might make these calculations easier. The results of a laboratory experiment are reported in which participants were asked to solve a number of infusion parameter problems that were represented either graphically or textually. Results show that participants were faster but no more accurate in solving graphical problems than they were textual problems. We discuss the need for situated work to be conducted that builds on these initial findings to determine whether the advantages of graphical representations transfer to actual workplace settings. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Using graphical representations to support the calculation of infusion parameters
Event:14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part IV
ISBN-13:9783642404979
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_66
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_66
Language:English
Additional information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > UCL Interaction Centre

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