Usability Evaluation of a GUI Prototype for a Ventilator Machine.
Journal article, 2005

Objective. Information presentation on the monitor screen of ventilator machines affects nurses' response and decision-making during ventilation treatment. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether a new GUI (graphical user interface) prototype, the so-called circular displayprototype can make deviations easy to detect. Method. A numerical display prototype was made and used as a reference displ ay in the evaluation. Six task scenarios that involved parameter changes were selected to simulate a real situation under volume control (VC) mode during ventilation treatment. Usability tests with the two display designs were carried out in a usability laboratory. Twenty medical nursing students participated as test subjects in the usability tests. Results. The objective results showed that the graphical circular display had an advantage over the numerical display in interpreting parameter changes, but not in reducing the error rates for detecting the number of parameter changes or for forming an overall picture of the patient's situation. Furthermore, the circular display prototype did not improve the detection time. Conclusions. Although the majority of the test subjects preferred the graphical circular display, the results implied that several aspects of this prototype should be improved in a future development study.

Numerical display

Graphical circular display


Usability tests

Deviation detection


Yuanhua Liu

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design

Anna-Lisa Osvalder

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Design

International Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing

0167-9945 (ISSN)

Vol. 18 5-6 365-372

Subject Categories

Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies

Anesthesiology and Intensive Care

Human Computer Interaction

Computer Science



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