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Lighting and task analysis in an eye hospital.
Karolinska Institutet.
Karolinska Institutet.
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics.
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Ergonomics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5338-0586
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2012 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Lighting is crucial in visually demanding activities and essential for a good visual environment. Access to daylight is important for health, wellbeing, production, and patient safety. The purpose of the present project is to design innovative multifunction examination rooms for the planning of a new eye hospital. The specific aims of the current study were to evaluate existing lighting conditions in examination rooms, to identify the tasks undertaken by eye care professionals, and how they relate to lighting. Lighting conditions in three such rooms and task analyses of three ophthalmologists’ work are presented. The mean illumination levels and the equability of illumination were inadequate. Even if there was access to daylight through windows existed, this possibility was rarely used. Task analyses showed that a significant percentage of the time was devoted to examining the patients (44 %), reading and writing or prescribing drops (23%), in medical records. The lighting was adjusted several times between full and dim illumination during contact with patients. There is substantial potential to improve the lighting conditions.

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Eye examination room, Task analyses, Illumination, Daylight
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-117357ISBN: 978-91-637-1150-3OAI: diva2:601726
NES Conference in Saltsjöbaden, Sweden, August 19-22, 2012

QC 20130521

Available from: 2013-01-30 Created: 2013-01-30 Last updated: 2013-05-21Bibliographically approved

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