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What can doctors learn from Captain Chesley Sullenberger?


The author of this article (a doctor) believes that the mandate for pilots and their team to train for emergencies with prescribed checklists is responsible for the great safety record in the airline industry, specifically the recent emergency airline landing on the Hudson River. He laments that physicians and their team rarely train together for medical emergencies.

How often do we and our teams drill on management of dangerous situations (code blues, crash C-sections, airway problems, even complex patient transports)? Close to never. How much do we use simulation to practice our responses to these emergencies before they happen? Except for a few early adopters, rarely. How many of us have gone through rigorous teamwork training to learn to better communicate with our "cabin mates" during times of stress? Remarkably few. How often do we need to demonstrate our continued competency in our specialty? For most board certified physicians, about every 10 years (up from "never" 20 years ago). And how well do we learn from our errors? Well, never mind.


country mom

Has 16 years experience.

The same could be said for nursing as well. I've found nurses aren't any more enthused about drills and simulations than the med staff. The only time nurses show up is when it's mandated- and we all know how much people love being told they HAVE to do something.

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