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Letters Aviation and patient safety

Send in the marines?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d801
  1. David I Ben-Tovim, director, clinical epidemiology and redesigning care units1
  1. 1Flinders Medical Centre, SA 5042, Australia
  1. david.ben-tovim{at}

To paraphrase James Carville, “It’s the analogy, stupid.” The problem is not how far we can go using the analogy of the aviation industry to improve patient safety,1 but the analogy itself.

Groysberg and colleagues described the different operating styles within armed forces.2 In the air force and navy, …

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