The Antidote

Counterspin for Health Care and Health News

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

More on aviation and patient safety

A few weeks ago I wrote about a news article that claimed that lessons from aviation safety were now being picked up in health care circles, and I questioned how widespread such training was.

Today, while browsing Paul Levy's blog (see today's previous post), I came across an article that described his hospital's experiences using aviation's example of team training to improve patient safety in the delivery room, and expanded on the details of these techniques. The results? Pretty impressive: the adverse outcomes index went down 47% over 4 years for babies born before 37 weeks' gestation.

If readers know of other health care settings in which team training is being applied, please let me know.

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