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4.8 out of 5 stars
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on 4 April 2012
This is a well written book that introduces the issues / idea of 'Human Factors' into errors across a number of areas including, surgical safety, the nuclear industry and aviation. It puts forward seven main catagories and divides these into a number of non-technical skills. For example, situation awareness is identified as a category and sub-divided into three elements which include, gathering information, interpreting information and anticipating future states. Each of these elements are then discussed in a chapter illustrating each with examples from various contexts. I was looking at this book from a surgical perspective and use it as a source for both post and pre-registration Operating Department Practitioner and nursing students. It raises interesting relevant points but where comparing avaition to health for example whilst dealing with 'human factors' it seems not to give enough creedance to being human from a caring perspective. It discusses the idea and advocates that health care practitioners should wear 'do not disturb' tabbards when carrying out complex and potentially dangerous tasks such as medicine rounds, comparing this to the pre-flight checks that go on in the aircraft cockpit. Fine but does not take into account the cockpit is isolated from the passengers but the medicine round is not isolated from the other patients and their requirements.

I think that it is a useful text and gives students quite a lot to think about in relation to their practice.
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on 15 October 2012
I consumed this book one Easter Holidays. From some humble beginnings with a Sim Man this ignited my interest in Human Factors and how it can be applied in the workplace. I work in an ED and this environment is just right for the application of human factors training. Now when we call our trauma team we all have labels with our roles and our names stuck to the front of our aprons so that we can communicate better. Over the past couple of years simulation and Human Factors training have started having a real impact in Emergency Medicine. The only thing I would say is that this area has move on very fast and there is enough simulation data now to provide some more examples from medicine itself, instead of aviation. However, if you are just starting out this is a great read, filled with tales of awful accidents and their simple, remediable origins.
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on 27 February 2009
Books which try to "bridge the gap between theory and practice" are rarely successful - but this is very much the exception. I have worked in this field for 15 years and was prepared to be highly critical but not at all - there is a huge resource of practical examples underpinned by solid theoretical grounding. Managers with an interest in safety can gain insight as can academics looking for ways to teach safety issues in a more vibrant, engaging way. Students can learn what safety and risk is all about. Superb!
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on 26 February 2012
Following the introduction, the book is structured around chapters on 7 'non-technical' (i.e. human factors related) skills. These are: situational awareness, decision making, communications, team working, leadership, managing stress and coping with fatigue. There are then 3 more general chapters on identifying, training and assessing non-technical skills. The examples used are mostly from aviation, offshore and surgery. There are extensive bibliographies after each chapter. While covering some complex subjects the writing style is very accessible.
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on 25 October 2009
This not only tells you where you will go wrong but gives you ideas on how to error proof so that you can prevent things going wrong.
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on 14 June 2013
Everything i needed was included, fantastic value for money. has helped me with my work, I use the information for my training.
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on 30 December 2014
Really great book from Flin et al, I highly recommend to anyone who is dealing with safety for professions that are as the title says 'at the Sharp End'. Well written and thought provoking.
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on 9 June 2013
A very well researched work with many useful references and examples to real world cases, and application of sound processes.
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on 21 December 2014
A great introduction to non technical skills with some excellent ideas to improve safety in any field
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on 18 March 2011
A good book for those interested in Human Factors with a number of good examples of incidents, as it say its a non technical guide
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