How to avoid mistakes

Episode 3 of the latest series of BBC’s Horizon, How to avoid mistakes in surgery, provides a fascinating insight into attempts to reduce human failure in the medical and aviation industries and fire service.

In particular, it focuses on crew resource management-type initiatives – a topic of a current EI Human and Organisational Factors Committee project – and successes in preventing human error using simple techniques, such as checklists.

Click the link to watch (availability may be limited depending on your country).

Do you have any simple successes to report as good as the improvements mentioned in the programme regarding the use of checklists or other simple techniques?

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