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Kenneth Catchpole PhD

Kenneth Russell Catchpole PhD

Endowed Chair, S.C. SmartState endowed Chair in Clinical Practice and Human Factors

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  • Professor
  • College of Medicine
  • Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
Academic Focus
  • Applying human factors engineering principles to measure, model and reduce human error in acute care
  • Understanding task, team, technology, environmental and organizational contributions to quality.
  • Ethnographic, observational and data mining methods for innovation and change in complex socio-technical systems.
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Ken Catchpole is a human factors engineer who has spent the last fifteen years studying and improving safety and performance in acute care. His research has been primarily conducted in the UK and USA, exploring trauma, cardiac, orthopaedic, vascular, gastro-intestinal, spinal, and urological surgery. He has also contributed to accident analysis and quality improvement in the Netherlands, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Qatar and Sao Paulo. Current projects include human-systems integration in robotic assisted surgery; communication and coordination in trauma and transplant; and work systems analysis of sterile processing; with a dozen other interests at any one time. Through popular media, over 70 peer-reviewed publications, and at least 150 invited lectures, has engaged thousands of people in the improvement of healthcare from a human-centered perspective.