DDF Conference, Berlin March 2018

26th March 2018

I gave a talk to Drug Delivery and Formulation (DDF) conference in Berlin last week. I showed some of our own research into the preferences of users of auto-injectors. The room was full, even though I was the final talk of the day. The Devices stream was new for DDF this year and it proved […]

Fixing Usability Problems Early – the Cost of Delay

20th March 2018

In 1996 Prasad published data from the automotive industry (see graph), showing that the costs of fixing mistakes grows relentlessly as you get closer to market. This relationship has been found in other industries too, including manufacturing, banking and transport. There’s no reason to think that medical devices is any different in this regard. And […]

Determining a device’s potential use errors, a mini-series. Part 5 (final): Designing the uFMEA and how to populate it, a brief introduction

12th March 2018

  Medical Device Usability has decided to post a mini-series in relation to understanding different areas of research that feed in to the ‘risk management file’ or the usability failure modes and effects analysis (uFMEA). In the fifth and final instalment of this mini-series, we will discuss the concept of a ‘uFMEA’ – the most […]

Successful Audit

3rd March 2018

MDU have just received confirmation of a successful audit from one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. I imagine many companies dread it when their clients ask if they can come and audit them! MDU look on Client Audits as a time to focus the business.  Audits give us confidence that we are working to […]