Medicine learning from aviation for patient safety

Doctor banging his head realizing a mistake

 

Aviation and medicine are two professions where the hierarchy that exists can make it particularly difficult for those lower down the pecking order to speak out.
One of the ways airlines are trying to reduce potentially fatal errors occurring is to use psychological techniques to break down that hierarchical structure and encourage people at all levels to highlight if something is about to go wrong – and medicine is starting to follow suit.

Read the full article on BBC News here.