Connect
MJA
MJA

Flying and medicine: mutual lessons

Balakrishnan R Nair
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (11): 676.

It is said the medical profession should learn from the aviation industry, which has a much better safety record. This is possibly because pilots get a mandatory 8 hours’ sleep. They also have to rest between shifts, for longer than the hours worked. Pilots do everything in duplicate to ensure accuracy. Most importantly, the pilots know that if their passengers are going to die, they are going to die too. So, I think it is high time that medicine looks into emulating the aviation industry.

  • Balakrishnan R Nair

  • John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.


Acknowledgements: 

This article was written in the airport lounge while waiting for a flight that was delayed due to “technical reasons”. To research this article, I had to travel several thousand miles in business class from Sydney to Mumbai and back.

Competing interests:

I have a platinum frequent flyer card.

Author

remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Comment
Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Responses are now closed for this article.