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Why Can’t Modern Medicine Perform as well as the Airline Industry?

June 20, 2016

The airline industry is considered to be second to none in safety.  Airplanes are designed and built to fly safely and efficiently.  Pilots are focused solely on flying their planes.  Crew members and ground support are dedicated to ensuring the safety of the planes both in the air and on the ground.

Compare this to modern medicine.  Patients enter hospitals in varying degrees of ill health.  Doctors and clinicians simultaneously treat multiple patients.  Hospital staffs juggle endless tasks, interrupted workflows and emergency situations.

Is it any wonder that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S.?

(Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality, “Medical errors are No. 3 cause of death in the US, study unveils,” May 4, 2016)

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