Letters Military aviation and healthcare

Medical incident reporting needs a global online system

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6166 (Published 15 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6166
  1. Michael W Denning, acute care common stem anaesthetics core trainee year 21
  1. 1Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston upon Thames KT2 7QB, UK
  1. michael.denning{at}kingstonhospital.nhs.uk

As an ex-Royal Marine helicopter pilot and anaesthetics trainee I think that incident reporting is the one area where we can, and must, learn from an effective military system.1 The reporting of medical and surgical incidents is currently a mysterious and tribal procedure, with specialties and subspecialties reporting through their own journals and online systems. But does the information …

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