Over 190,000 preventable deaths occur each year in hospitals in the United States alone, with 47.7% of those associated with a surgical operation.

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is an emerging treatment option for previously contraindicated patients suffering from Aortic Stenosis (AS). There is however, a high complication rate associated with this new technology. An average of 24% of patients undergoing TAVI require implantation of a permanent pacemaker after the procedure. This is the result of conduction path interference directly linked to deployment accuracy of the prosthesis (implantation depth) by the operator.

The aim of this research is to investigate the contributing factors leading to these adverse events (i.e. stress, distraction, environmental factors, and device design). A new model will be developed to identify critical tasks during TAVI procedures and mitigate against them leading to reduced adverse event, better clinical outcome and ultimately quality of life for patients.

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Dr Leonard O Sullivan portrait
Co-Supervisor
Co-Supervisor
PhD Researcher
Robert Whelan
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Technical support

Design Practice & Education

We are actively engaged in research for design education, continuing professional development and design practice.

Design for Health

Our user-centered work in health and wellness focuses on humanising technology that benefits both patients and clinicians.

Design for Sustainability & Society

Our research projects take a design led approach to framing and tackling societal, environmental and consumption issues.

Human Factors in industry

Our research on work related musculoskeletal disorders examines occupational health and industrial ergonomics.