Thursday, March 13, 2014

Every day that has passed as they search for the wreckage of the Malaysia Airline plane, another plane has crashed in America.  Well, better put, the equivalent number of people have died every day from preventable harm in America's hospitals.

Which story gets our attention?  Which is the greater public health hazard?

Remember Captain Sullenberger's words as he remarked on the scattered application of systemic approaches to safety in the health care industry: "We have islands of excellence in a sea of systemic failures. We need to teach all practitioners the science of safety."

"I wish we were less patient. We are choosing every day we go to work how many lives should be lost in this country."


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