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Grantee in the News: Leora Horwitz in JAMA Internal Medicine on the importance of personal protective equipment and patient safety

Jun 21
2018

Grantee in the News: Leora Horwitz in JAMA Internal Medicine on the importance of personal protective equipment and patient safety View MoreBACK

On June 11, 2018, JAMA Internal Medicine published an editorial by 2010 Beeson Scholar Leora Horwitz, M.D.

In “The Importance of User-Centered Design and Evaluation,” Dr. Horwitz looks at a qualitative study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine that found “that errors and lapses in safety while donning, wearing, or doffing PPE (personal protective equipment) were frequent, although not quantified.”

Dr. Horwitz comments on the reasons for these violations: “Given the complexity, time intensity, and material waste involved in using PPE, clinicians appeared to be making a deliberate cost-benefit assessment in avoiding PPE use in perceived low-risk situation.”

The editorial was also featured in Healio, where Dr. Horwitz emphasizes the importance of “direct field observations for patient safety.”

She notes: “Without observation of real staff in real clinical scenarios, most of the failures identified in this study would go unrecognized, as would potential individual-level and systems-level fixes for them…more such ethnographic and field studies are sorely needed.”

Read the editorial in JAMA Internal Medicine here and the related article in Healio here.


Leora Horwitz, M.D., is an associate professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at New York University School of Medicine.





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