Hats off to Sully!
“Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger in 2009 coolly landed his jet safely on the Hudson River in what was dubbed as the Miracle on the Hudson. He has refashioned himself as an expert on reducing medical errors, which by some estimates kill up to 200,000 people a year — “the equivalent of 20 jetliners crashing per week,” he told POLITICO.”
“If tens of thousands of people died in plane crashes, he says, “There would be a national ground stop. Fleets would be grounded. Airports would close. There would be a presidential commission. The NTSB would investigate. No one would fly until we had solved the problems.”
“But patients die needlessly every day, and it’s barely a blip on the national radar.”
“Sullenberger has become a fixture on the health care circuit, where comparisons to airline accidents and calls for pilot-like safety checklists have become clichés. He crisscrosses the country, pleading with policymakers to embrace practices to reduce medical errors and save lives.”
Excerpted from: ‘Miracle’ pilot on mission against medical errors, by KYLE CHENEY, Politico, August 1, 2013.
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