Executive Report  |   May 2013
Safety in Numbers
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Executive Report   |   May 2013
Safety in Numbers
ASA Monitor 05 2013, Vol.77, 8-9.
ASA Monitor 05 2013, Vol.77, 8-9.
The airline industry and anesthesiology have often been compared – and for good reason. Both disciplines have made enormous strides in safety and have nothing less than perfection as their goal. Both disciplines have engendered an almost incomprehensible level of trust in people as they undertake activities that are, by their very nature, exceedingly dangerous and risky. Yet mistakes still happen.
Author Malcolm Gladwell has made some interesting arguments about what it takes to continually improve and achieve great things, both personally and within organizations. In the book Outliers, he describes the airline industry as a primary example of an entity that has made the reduction of errors that jeopardize human safety as its top priority. In a CNN interview in 2008, Gladwell said this:
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