Memphis, TN (PRWEB) September 25, 2006
According to a report released by the Indianapolis Star, two premature babies died after accidentally receiving an adult dose of blood thinner medication. The drug, heparin, typically leads to internal or external bleeding. Another report on FoxNews.com revealed that a third baby died just days later for the same reason. Other reports concluded that this was not the first time this hospital has administered an overdose of heparin.
Discussing the tragedies, the CEO of the hospital said, ÂÂ this was human error Â thatÂs all.Â According to the Institute of Medicine, human error is one of the leading causes of the preventable deaths of up to 98,000 patients a year.
Hundreds of hospitals are turning to aviation safety experts to tackle the human error problems in healthcare.
ÂHospitals are drawn to aviation-based programs for their ability to virtually eliminate patient-harming errors,Â says Captain Steve Harden, president of LifeWings Partners LLC (http://www.SaferPatients.com). LifeWings is the countryÂs largest provider of aviation-based patient safety systems. ÂUnfortunately, despite the best human intentions, errors occur. No human is perfect. An effective safety system, like that used in commercial aviation, detects and corrects the inevitable small error before it becomes fatal.Â
Captain Harden adds, ÂOne of our clients estimates that because of our patient safety system, 200 patients have walked out of their facility rather than being taken to the morgue. I really wish the hospital in Indiana had implemented our system. Three motherÂs lives would be very different right now.Â
Over 20,000 healthcare personnel have been trained in the LifeWings system. One of them, Dr. Bradford E. Mutchler, when asked if other physicians should participate said, ÂDo it! It gives you a new perspective to prevent errors and become more appreciative of a team approach.Â
About LifeWings Partners LLC
LifeWings Partners LLC was founded by a former U.S. Navy Top Gun instructor, commercial airline pilot, and two physicians who are former NASA astronauts. The firm specializes in applying aviation-based teamwork training and safety tools to help healthcare facilities save patientsÂ lives and reduce costs. LifeWings has helped over 45 facilities nationwide provide better care to their patients. Measurable results are found in all LifeWingsÂ initiatives, including one hospitalÂs Âwrong surgeryÂ rate went from 1 in 10,000 to 15,000 cases to 1 in 100,000. The firm also conducts Leadership Development workshops for healthcare executive teams.
Steve Harden, President
LifeWings Partners LLC
9198 Crestwyn Hills Drive
Memphis, TN 38125