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Dome October 2013 VOL 64
Issue No. 8

Famed Pilot's Wisdom

Date: October 1, 2013

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, known for safely landing his disabled airliner in the Hudson River in 2009, recently challenged more than 200 clinicians, patient advocates, health care leaders and policy makers to consider how lessons from aviation could benefit health care. He emphasized the importance of teamwork, standardized work processes and designing work environments that promote safety in his keynote speech at the recent Forum on Emerging Topics in Patient Safety.

Held Sept. 23-25 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, the forum was presented by the Johns Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and the World Health Organization. The inaugural event drew international experts from a dozen different fields including aerospace, defense, nuclear power, education and hospitality. It aimed to encourage cross-industry collaborations that accelerate the pace of improvement in patient safety.