Sacha Duff is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Factors and Ergonomics from the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a B.S. in Human Factors Psychology and an M.S. in Human Factors and Systems from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. During her undergraduate education, Sacha studied human error in general aviation and rotorcraft operations. She has presented at numerous national and international conferences, including, the Applied Ergonomics, Aerospace Medical Association, European Rotorcraft, and was a session coordinator at the Crew Resource Management (CRM) Vectors conference focusing on single pilot CRM. Sacha’s master’s thesis focused on flow disruptions in the operating room and their relationship to surgical outcomes.
Sacha’s current research includes identifying flow disruptions during cardiac surgery, touch screen interface design for people with upper limb mobility disorders, and the analysis and improvement of “code team” performance in health care.
Sacha will be presenting two research papers at the 54th annual meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and is currently writing a chapter about human factors in the operating room for the next edition of the “Handbook for Human Factors in Healthcare”.