The medical teams we work with are, in many respects, just like flight crews. They are extremely skilled, highly dedicated and disciplined professionals who take their work seriously.
Collierville, Tennessee (PRWEB) May 13, 2013
LifeWings Partners LLC, a respected innovator in aviation-based healthcare performance improvement, today announced that its flagship medical safety program will be provided to trainers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. LifeWings is the global industry leader in Patient Safety Improvement Training.
The training, built by a former TOPGUN instructor, Captain Steve Harden, and a team of commercial airline pilots, astronauts, physicians, nurses and risk managers, has been proven to significantly reduce medical errors and cut healthcare costs.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has already implemented the LifeWings safety program throughout its surgical services and operating rooms. Pleased with the results, Wake Forest is sending four of its operating room staff to LifeWings national training facility in Memphis, TN to become certified Master Trainers in the LifeWings safety program. Their trainer will be a former TOPGUN instructor and airline pilot with 20 years of safety systems experience.
The LifeWings system was created following recommendations from the Institute of Medicine and Institute of Healthcare Improvement that hospitals follow practices developed for the aviation field. In the 1980’s, aviation safety experts determined that accidents most often occurred not because of technical incompetence, but because of teamwork failures. LifeWings’ hospital safety system mimics the tested practices of the aviation industry, but is tailored to the unique needs of modern healthcare.
Taught to over 13,000 high-performance medical team members each year, the LifeWings system has been a resounding success at over 140 institutions. Healthcare facilities using the program have seen error rates reduced ten-fold, observed mortality rates cut by 43%, and surgical count errors decreased by 50%. “The medical teams we work with are, in many respects, just like flightcrews. They are extremely skilled, highly dedicated and disciplined professionals who take their work seriously. We find that the practices developed for the LifeWings safety program resonate with these health care experts,” said Captain Stephen Harden, CEO and Co-founder of LifeWings Partners LLC. “It’s our goal to use the LifeWings system to continue to produce the safest patient care in the country."
About LifeWings Partners LLC:
LifeWings Partners was founded by a former U.S. Navy Top Gun instructor, a commercial airline pilot, and two physicians who are former NASA astronauts. LifeWings’ practical and effective teamwork training programs are highly effective in reducing human error and currently involve the training of more than 13,000 high-performance medical team members per year. Measurable results are found in all LifeWings’ initiatives. To find out more, please visit http://www.saferpatients.com or http://www.facebook.com/LifeWingsSaferPatients.