A4: Can we really learn anything useful from aviation?

Thursday, 3rd May
11:00-12:15

Aviation and healthcare are very different, but approaches to safety in aviation and other high reliability industries can be adapted for healthcare. Aviation and healthcare are very different, but approaches to safety in aviation and other high reliability industries can be adapted for healthcare. We will describe the use of “normal” and “emergency” checklists in complex, chaotic clinical environments.  We will then present national experience using incident investigation methods adapted from air accident investigation.

Learning objectives:

  • To understand the differences between ‘normal’ and ‘emergency’ checklists in high cognitive load situations

  • To understand how investigation methods from other industries can be adapted for healthcare


Kevin Stewart, Medical Director, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch
Christian P. Subbe, Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Physician, Bangor.U niversity, Bangor, UK. Improvement Science Fellow, The Health Foundation, London; UK