oa Southern African Journal of Anaesthesia and Analgesia - Frontline patient safety, currency training and continuing professional development linked to the workflow process for anaesthesia : letter to the editor



Over the last three decades, beginning with the NASA aviation safety initiative, massive strides have been made in many complex and high-risk industries in terms of enhancing human performance and the application of a systems-based approach to the workflow process. The result, for many of these industries, has been safer working environments, better outcomes and improved satisfaction for all users of the system. Large reductions in aviation-related incidents and deaths, the attainment of greater than sigma-6 level safety in certain environments such as aircraft carriers, and many more, are examples of how the application of relevant and effective frontline techniques have changed the working environment in these complex and stressful work environments.


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