Friday, October 22, 2010

VA Hospitals Implementing Airline Safety Tips

A study of over 108 Veterans Health Administration Hospitals showed an increased drop in patient deaths in facilities that implemented error prevention strategies created by airlines and NASA. Of the 108 facilities, the 74 that implemented the strategies had an 18 percent drop in deaths, compared to a 7 percent drop in facilities that did not implement them.

The Medical Team Training program was targeted at surgical teams, encouraging communication among members of the team, challenging each other to abide by safety practices, and encouraging the use of checklists in preoperative and postoperative briefings. Miscommunication among team members was identified by the aviation industry as a large factor contributing to errors.

The full study can be found in the October 20 Journal of the American Medical Association.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

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