As health care systems explore new ways of delivering care for patients with and without COVID-19, they must consider how to maintain physical distancing among health care workers and patients. Physical distancing in high complexity systems such as health care is particularly challenging and may benefit from a human factors and systems engineering perspective. We discuss challenges to implementing and maintaining physical distancing in health care settings and present possible solutions from a human factors and systems engineering perspective.
Keywords: COVID-19; Disease transmission; Social distancing; Systems engineering initiative for patient safety.
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