How to Fly a Hospital
Pilot crew training techniques save lives in the ER
Doctors and nurses, especially in hospitals, often find themselves in fast-moving, life-or-death situations — situations where stress can increase the likelihood of mistakes. According to the Society of Actuaries, preventable medical errors cost nearly $19.5 billion a year, are associated with 6.3 million “measurable medical injuries” and result in nearly 100,000 deaths annually.
The solution to this problem comes from an unexpected source: aviation. Over the years, flight crews have developed a procedure for communicating in high-stress situations that minimizes errors and maximizes valuable input. Baptist Health in Montgomery, Ala., has partnered with Auburn and aviation management professor Randy Johnson to redesign how hospitals operate.
Johnson has tailored aviation protocols and developed a methodology to reduce preventable medical errors. Baptist has funded a multimillion dollar simulation lab where doctors and nurses can learn the techniques that may mean the difference between life and death.
Dr. Randy Johnson
Professor Johnson’s research has appeared in such journals as the Journal of Air Transportation, Space Policy and the Online Journal of Space Communication. He is the editor of the first edition of the Online Journal of Space Communication and serves as the coordinator for future editions. He currently serves as co-chair of the Academic Advisory Counsel of the Society of Satellite Professionals International.
To contact Dr. Johnson or read more about his work, visit his Web site.