January 13, 2009 | Dave Janney

Is it safer to fly or to go to the hospital?

US carriers have gone 2 years without a passenger fatality. Here is the story:

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/01/12/us.air.safety/index.html

As someone who worked for airlines for 27 years (the last 10 in safety and compliance) before joining System Improvements, I can attest to the professionalism of all the employees, from mechanics to pilots to operational folks and beyond.  Safety is ingrained in the culture of this industry; after all, the smallest problem can be devastating.  Congratulations to all the airline employees, suppliers, manufacturers, and air traffic controllers for getting it right over and over, day after day.

On the other side of the coin, medical mistakes have been blamed for thousands of deaths per year in the US.  The same best practices for human performance used by the airlines and countless other industries can be used to reduce this alarming problem. 

The Joint Commission http://www.jointcommission.org/AboutUs/ is working to address these issues, but the data clearly shows there is a long way to go. In the meantime, at least you can feel good about getting on an airplane, as long as you don’t eat the food!

Healthcare Professionals – take a stand and fight against these preventable errors!  Attend a TapRooT® course in 2009 – here is the schedule:

http://www.taproot.com/courses.php
 

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