Doctor fatigue and safe work hours

My sisters final tweets were about Doctor fatigue and safe work hours. It is heartbreaking for me to read them. We must keep up our #MH4docs campaign. We must do it for Chloe and also in memory of the many others from this profession who have lost their battles. — Jessica Abbott (@Jess_C_Abbott) JanuaryContinue reading “Doctor fatigue and safe work hours”

Checklists – Part 1

By Damjan Gaco, MD, ARHT HEMS Fellow History The origin story of checklists goes as follows: A pilot in the 1930’s stepped off a newly built bomber and said something along the lines of “that is too much plane for one person to handle”. In an ever more complicated world, those words echo true todayContinue reading “Checklists – Part 1”

Endotracheal tube cuff pressures and tube position in critically injured patients on arrival at a referral centre: Avoidable harm?

AfJEM online first Endotracheal tube cuff pressures and tube position in critically injured patients on arrival… — AfJEM (@AfJEM) December 9, 2015 //

Patient safety in helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS): The safety management system

Originally posted on Auckland HEMS:
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. Albert Einstein. You could be right in thinking that “safety crusaders” are the glass half empty type, right? Those that believe “what can go wrong, will go wrong” (Murphys Law). I’m not a pessimist, but I do believe…

A Military Aviation model for Patient Safety?

Originally posted on Auckland HEMS:
In the September 2013 edition of the British Medical Journal, Robyn Clay-Williams has published a thought provoking article on the modelling of clinical risk management on civil aviation practices, and questions whether a military aviation model may be more prudent when assessing and managing risk in the healthcare environment.  The…