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Letters Aviation in patient safety

UK surgery already applies aviation safety practice

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1310
  1. Adam Lewis, retired consultant surgeon and CORESS board member1,
  2. Frank Smith, programme director, CORESS1,
  3. Peter Tait, chief executive2,
  4. Denis Wilkins, retired consultant surgeon and CORESS board member1
  1. 1Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, Royal College of Surgeons of England, London WC2A 3PN, UK
  2. 2CHIRP Charitable Trust, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 6UU, UK
  1. denis.wilkins{at}

Neither side of the debate on translating ideas from aviation to patient safety1 2 mentions the Confidential Reporting System in Surgery (CORESS), the surgical equivalent of the well established Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) in aviation.

Often the only person who recognises a near miss or minor mishap is the person concerned. These no-harm incidents or precursors are the …

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