MacroErgonomics Safety and Health Laboratory


MESH | University of Wisconsin-Madison



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.

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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.


About the MacroErgonomic Safety and Health Laboratory


The MESH Lab focused on using industrial and human factors engineering theories, design principles and methodologies to improve patient safety and health care employee safety. As the Figure below helps to demonstrate, the studies we undertook seek to understand how the fit or misfit of healthcare system components contributes to patient and clinician outcomes such as adverse drug events, medication safety protocol violations, medical errors, health information technology acceptance and use, clinician job satisfaction and burnout, and clinician mental workload. The left side of the figure has a pyramid representing the multilevel nature of the healthcare system. The results of the interactions among the system components in the multilevel system are what we seek to better understand.  To learn more about how we use the pyramid to guide our research, see some of our recent publications.



Create, acquire, assimilate, apply, and transfer knowledge, using human factors engineering, for the design, analysis, improvement and implementation of complex health care systems for the purpose of improving health care patient and employee safety and health.


To improve the health and well-being of all health care employees and their patients through research that leads to the design of safe health care systems.


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