Safety Tips from the Airline Industry May Help Reduce Medical Error

Side note: Doctors and hospitals have long been taking advice from the airline industry when it comes to reducing medical error. This has included implementing check lists and standard procedures, including team work and facilitating communication between different team members. Though airline procedures are obviously not applicable to all aspects of medical care, there do seem to be some useful results coming out of this type of training.

If doctors and hospitals are able to implement some of these procedures and tailor them for use in the health care industry, the rate of medical error could be greatly reduced. With medical malpractice lawsuits being so common – and medical malpractice insurance premiums so high – it’s important for physicians and hospitals to explore all techniques at their disposal for reducing error.

By Kevin O’Reilly

Two minutes after taking off from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport on a frigid January afternoon in 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 was struck by a flock of geese, instantly disabling the plane’s engines. Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III radioed air traffic control, seeking an open runway to land the Airbus A320.

Read the full story over at the AMA

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