In trying to create a visual indication on the scale of preventable deaths in hospitals, I refer to a 2005 study on Australian data published in the BMJ. The study found that 14,000 preventable deaths occurred in that year. I then overlay the IOM 'To err is human' report findings which relates that the majority of such deaths can be attributed to human factors such as communication breakdown and fatigue. To create the visual I turn to the airline industry again. The largest plane in the world in 2015 carried 525 passengers. Imagine those passengers lining up at the check-in counter, sitting in the departure lounge, scrambling for overhead locker space, buckling their seat belts. Men, women, children, babies, first class, business class, economy. And now let's smash 26 of those planes into the ground. Every year. Another visual is that the number diagnosed with bowel cancer each year in Australia is 14,000 people. Consider the investment we make in preventing and treating THAT comparison to the investment we make in dealing with THIS problem. 

At least there is a survival rate when dealing with cancer. There is no surviving death through preventable causes. 

The BMJ reference: I am amused that an Australian report on the scale of such a disastrous problem was published in an offshore journal. Rhetorically I feel this indicates a lack of ownership and a sad denial of our own problem! 

Why are we, professionally, such a bunch of cowards???????

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