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AUGUST 20, 2012
The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering mourns the death of Ben-Tzion "Bentzi" Karsh, age 40, who passed away at his home after a battle with cancer on Saturday, August 18, 2012, surrounded by family. Bentzi was born on October 1, 1971 to Yehuda and Sari (Lande) Karsh in Milwaukee. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Bentzi was a Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was united in marriage to Arielle Silver Karsh on July 1, 2007, in Madison. Bentzi is survived by his wife, Arielle; son, Nadav; daughter, Emmanuelle; parents, Sari and Yehuda Karsh; siblings, Tamar Karsh-Fogel, Eyal Karsh and Don Karsh. A funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 20, 2012, in Madison. Burial was at Forest Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family has established college trusts for Emmanuelle and Nadav thorugh EdVest. To contribute, contact either the family or Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor and Chair Vicki Bier.
Holden, R. J., Or, K. L., Alper, S. J., Rivera, A. J. and Karsh, B. (2008). A change management framework for macroergonomic field research. Applied Ergonomics, 39, 459-474.
Koppel, R. Wetterneck, T. B., Telles, J. L., and Karsh, B. (2008). Workarounds to barcode medication administration systems: occurrences, causes and threats to patient safety. JAMIA, 15, 408-428.
Karnon, J., McIntosh, A., Dean, J., Bath, P., Hutchinson, A., Oakley, J., Thomas, N., Pratt, P., Freeman-Parry, L., Karsh, B., Gandhi, T., Tappenden, P. (2008). Modelling the expected net benefits of interventions to reduce the burden of medication errors. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 13(2), 85-91.
Wears, R. L. and Karsh, B. (2007). Thick versus thin: description versus classification in learning from case reviews. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 51(3), 262-264
Karsh, B. and Scanlon, M. (2007). When is a defibrillator not a defibrillator? When it is like a clock radio…. The challenge of usability and patient safety in the real world. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 50, 433-435.
Holden, R. J. and Karsh, B. (2007). A theoretical model of health information technology behavior. Behaviour and Information Technology, 1-17. DOI: 10.1080/01449290601138245. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01449290601138245
Holden, R. J. and Karsh, B. (2007). A review of medical error reporting system design considerations and a proposed cross-level system research framework. Human Factors, 49(2), 257-276.
Karnon, J., McIntosh, A., Dean, J., Bath, P., Hutchinson, A., Oakley, J., Thomas, N., Pratt, P., Freeman-Parry, L., Karsh, B., Gandhi, T., Tappenden, P. (2007). A prospective hazard and improvement analytic approach to predicting the effectiveness of medication error interventions. Safety Science, 45, 523-539.
Scanlon, M.C., Densmore, E., Karsh, B. (2006). Human Factors and Pediatric Patient Safety. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 53, 1105-1119
Karsh, B., Holden, R., Alper, S. J., Or, K. L. (2006). A human factors engineering paradigm for patient safety - designing to support the performance of the health care professional. Quality and Safety in Healthcare, 15(Suppl I), i59-i65.
Carayon, P., Hundt, A. S., Karsh, B., Gurses, A. P. Alvarado, C. J., Smith, M., and Brennan, P. F. (2006). Work system design for patient safety: the SEIPS model. Quality and Safety in Healthcare, 15(Suppl I), i50-i58.
Hallock, M. L., Alper, S. J., and Karsh, B. (2006). A macroergonomic work system analysis of the diagnostic testing process in an outpatient health care facility for process improvement and patient safety. Ergonomics, 49(5-6), 544-566.
Karsh, B., Hamilton-Escoto, K., Beasley, J. W., and Holden, R. (2006). Toward and theoretical approach to medical error reporting system research and design. Applied Ergonomics, 37(3), 283-295.
Hamilton-Escoto, K., Karsh, B., and Beasley, J. W. (2006). Multiple user considerations and their implications in medical error reporting system design. Human Factors, 48(1), 48-58.
Karsh, B. (2006). Theories of work-related musculoskeletal disorders: implications for ergonomic interventions. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Science, 7(1), 71-88.
Karsh, B., Booske, B., Sainfort, F. (2005). Job and organizational determinants of nursing home employee commitment, job satisfaction and intent to turnover. Ergonomics, 48(10), 1260-1281.
Beasley, J. W., Karsh, B., Hagenauer, M. E., Marchand, L., Sainfort, F. (2005). What is the Quality of Work Life of Independent Versus Employed Family Physicians in Wisconsin? A WReN Study. Annals of Family Practice, 3, 500-506.
Karsh, B. (2004). Beyond usability for patient safety: designing effective technology implementation systems. British Medical Journal: Quality and Safety in Healthcare, 13(5), 388-394.
Hamilton-Escoto, K., Hallock, M., Wagner, J., and Karsh, B. (2004). Using variance analysis to detect hazards in a bar-code assisted medication preparation process. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety, 30(11), 622-628.
Karsh, B. , Beasley, J., Hagenauer, M. (2004). Are electronic medical records associated with improved perceptions of the quality of medical records, working conditions, or quality of working life? Behavior and Information Technology, 23(5), 327-335.
Beasley, J. W., Hamilton-Escoto, K., and Karsh, B. (2006). Human Factors in Primary Care. In P. Carayon (Ed.). Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Patient Safety. 921-936.
Karsh, B. and Holden, R. (2006). New technology implementation in health care. In P. Carayon (Ed.). Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Patient Safety. 393-410.
Fathallah, F.A., Meyers, J., Chapman, L.J., Karsh, B (2006). Agricultural ergonomics. In W. Karwowski and W. S. Marras (Eds.) The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook. 2nd Edition. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press.
Karsh, B., Carayon, P., Smith, M., Skibinski, K., Thomadsen, B. Brennan, P. F., and Murray, M. E. (2005). The University of Wisconsin-Madison multidisciplinary graduate certificate in patient safety. In Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 4 (pp. 269-281). AHRQ Publication Nos. 050021 (1-4). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Karsh, B. and Alper, S. J. (2005). Work system analysis: the key to understanding health care systems. In Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation, Volume 2 (pp. 337-348) AHRQ Publication Nos. 050021 (1-4). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Smith, M. J., Karsh, B., Carayon, P., and Conway, F. T. (2003). Controlling Occupational Safety and Health Hazards. In Quick, J. C. and Tetrick, L. E. (eds). Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology (pp. 35-68). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
Smith, M. J., Carayon, P., and Karsh, B. (2001). Design for Occupational Health and Safety. In G. Salvendy (Ed). Handbook of Industrial Engineering: Technology and Operations Management, 3rd Edition. (pp. 1156-1191). New York: John Wiley and Sons.
Ben-Tzion Karsh, PhD, was a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The focus of his work was on using industrial and human factors engineering theories, design principles and methodologies to improve patient and health care employee safety. He authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters on that and related subjects.
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