IRBs can help investigators create a plan to prevent survey security breaches that can lead to false data and study slowdowns and shutdowns. IRBs should ensure researchers know that if they detect a breach that changes/corrupts data, leads to someone outside the research team accessing data, causes potential harm to participants, or requires a change in procedures or informed consent, it should be reported to the IRB.
Researchers at the University of Houston discovered a survey study had been breached. Large number of surveys poured in, with batches arriving in two-minute intervals. Other signs of a breach included suspicious responses, unusual email addresses and patterns, responses from outside the United States, and missing contact information.
The chronic problem with adequate stocks of personal protective equipment for nurses continues as the coronavirus pandemic heads into the dreaded fall and winter months. Many nurses feel unsafe because of the shortages — and the continued reprocessing and reuse of N95 respirators, which are designed for single use only — according to the American Nurses Association.