IV infusion pump training emulator

Osbourne, Daniel B. (2012) IV infusion pump training emulator. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Increasing demands for nurses and nursing practitioners in Australia mean an influx of nursing students could put strain on classroom activities and learning effectiveness. Nursing is a very practical occupation and distance learning limits the students’ exposure to practical
activities and procedures. Research showed that nursing education was also in need of a technology boost, embracing new technologies for learning and training.

This project describes a developmental process of designing an enhanced software training tool using industrial automation apparatus for the purposes of external nursing students. The enhanced training tool in question is an intravenous (IV) infusion pump driver emulator. The
features of the real pump driver were mimicked in software but enhanced with audio and visual cues to create a sense of realism.

To achieve an accurate and realistic mimic of an IV infusion pump driver various learning methods and software aesthetics were researched and put into practice. Iterative design and testing techniques were adopted to ensure bugs and errors were minimized and realistic flowing software was produced.

As a result of completing the enhanced software training tool it became apparent that the views and opinions of the end-user were very important during the design process to ensure it meets the users’ needs. Because user centered design was implemented a user friendly training tool was created allowing students to self-assess their performance in pump operations, meeting the pedagogical requirements of the activity. Surveys were conducted and positive feedback was received including ideas for improvements and further work.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Supervisors: Bowtell, Les
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 23:58
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2013 23:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: IV infusion pump; training emulator
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
09 Engineering > 0903 Biomedical Engineering > 090399 Biomedical Engineering not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23104

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