Old 16th Jan 2009, 21:29
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Whiskey Kilo Wanderer
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CRM in the Operating Theatre

I seem to recall a recent piece on the radio about an airline pilot whose wife had died as a result of a ‘simple’ operation that had gone wrong.

There were CRM type issues in the operating theatre, but what really got to the pilot was that they don’t investigate a problem in the operating theatre unless someone complains.

The pilot complained and the resulting investigation found what we would recognise as CRM type problems (Surgeon fixated on one problem, not listening to a theatre nurse who’d spotted another potentially more serious problem).

The pilot started a charity to introduce aviation ideas, CRM, incident investigation, CHIRP etc. to the medical world. I wondered if this is a spin-off from the pilot’s efforts.
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