Simulation is serious play.

Thunderbirds Knock it off- Human Errors

Sadly, even most talented pilot (1,500+ flight hours and has received numerous awards.  served as a flight examiner, flight instructor and flight commander) also can make a mistake. The confusion of “AGL” vs ” MSL” might contributes to this disaster in addition to human errors.  System changes are critical.


Lessons Learned From Transport Airplane Accidents

Let’s take a look at FAA lessons from fatal accident by different accident threat categories/common themes. Beyond Crew Crew Resource Management, there are system interventions to improve the system performance and reduce human errors.  Those engineering approaches (mistake proofing, etc.)  are cost effective ways to improve system performance. 


Lessons Learned From Transport Airplane Accidents

The Patient’s Guide to Preventing Medical Errors

Come across a book name from twitter, it is called The Patient’s Guide to Preventing Medical Errors.  I am surprised patient ever need this kind of book.  That means the heath care system is in a big trouble.  We never need a book called ” Passenger’s Guide to Preventing Aviation Errors”

Airlines go two years with no fatalities – but a plane goes down into Hudson River few minutes ago

When I attend the 9th IMSH meeting at Florida, read the story about the safety record set by the airline industry. Airlines go two years with no fatalities. It is pretty amazing see their years efforts on safety made a difference.  But just  back to office today and head the news about  Planes goes down into Hudson River. This again reminds all of us in medicine (same as aviation industry)  the importance of keeping the vigilance during the patient care everyday for every patient.

By the way, how many of your attend the IMSH meeting this year?  Any comments of the meeting?  I think it is a great meeting.  Not only have lots of great courses, workshops helping deepen our understanding of simulation (simulators), I also noticed more and more interests of using simulation for other applications beyond training and assessment.   I also enjoyed very much  the session of DOD new development and future directions.  Please share your thoughts.

Airlines go two years with no fatalities –

Airplane disaster every other day?

Lots of people are talking about Americans die each year as a result of medical errors as high as 98,000 (1999 data) from To Err is Human. More people die in a given year as a result of medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), or AIDS (16,516).

Look this number in other way, assume each commercial airplane has 500+ passengers, 98,000 per year / 500 per airplane crash = 196 airplane crash/year. That is airplane disaster every other day. Do you accept this reality? Do general public accept this reality?


Fatal Airline Accidents Drop in Twenty Years

Since a 1997 goal to reduce the rate of airline accidents by 80 percent, fatal accidents have fallen. Fetal Airplant Crashes Drop 65%. See the New York Times Report.

Learn What Doctors can learn from Pilots about Safety.

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