I couldn’t put this better myself, so I’m poaching a post written by someone called Jeff Terry. Now I have no idea who Jeff Terry is, and I am very hesitant to post a link to a site emblazoned with the logo of a company that makes dishwashers, but also makes huge profits from military contracts, so take it with a double shot of 3% Saline.
Regardless, this very succinct summary gives some perspective to the ongoing aviation vs medicine debate with regard to patient safety, complete with reference to the omnipresnent Captain Sullenberger.
Let me know what you think. Do the stats sway your opinion? Can we really use aviation as a model for patient safety?