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About the Author
Suzanne Gordon is Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and was program leader of the Robert Wood Johnson-funded Nurse Manager in Action Program. She is the author of Life Support and Nursing against the Odds, coauthor of Safety in Numbers and From Silence to Voice, editor of When Chicken Soup Isn't Enough, and coeditor of First, Do Less Harm and The Complexities of Care, all from Cornell. Patrick Mendenhall is a Principal in Crew Resource Management LLC who is a pilot for a major commercial airline and belongs to the Air Line Pilots Association. Bonnie Blair O'Connor is Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical) and Associate Director, Pediatric Residency, at Hasbro Children's Hospital/Alpert Medical School at Brown University.
An excellent account of the history of crew resource management (CRM), its virtues, and how it's supposed to work, the book also delivers an eye-popping look beyond the supposedly sterile drapes in some of the United States' most prestigious hospitals. Approximately 100,000 patients die in the U.S. every year as a result of medical mistakes, and some of the behavior that goes on in the U.S. healthcare system, as described in the book, is appalling. 'Health care needs... a radical cultural transformation, like the one that has taken place in aviation over the past 30 years, ' the authors argue persuasively. Three positive case studies show that it can be done.--Jan W. Steenblik "Air Line Pilot"
This book is full of information from air investigations and interesting facts. The first flight attendants, for example, had to be registered nurses in case any passengers became unwell. It shows that the everyday implementation of such things as checklists is part of a commitment by an industry to change the way it works. This commitment comes through leadership, but involves all the team, and is key for a nursing audience.--Dan Wolstenholme "Nursing Standard"