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Isaw that Mod­ern Health­care has an ar­ti­cle on Capt. Ch­es­ley “Sully” Sul­len­berger dis­cussing avi­a­tion safety prac­tices as be­ing a pos­si­ble model for the health­care in­dus­try (“Look to avi­a­tion on safety, ‘Sully’ says,” Mod­ern­Health­care.com, March 4). As a pi­lot, I agree that this would be an ex­cel­lent first step.

How­ever, as a long­time nu­clear util­ity man­ager who is now a con­sul­tant, I pro­pose rais­ing the bar one step higher and model the CMS reg­u­la­tions and en­force­ment af­ter those of the U.S. Nu­clear Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (Ti­tle 10, Code of Fed­eral Reg­u­la­tions) com­bined with those of the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

At our lo­cal level, I pro­vided our county com­mis­sion a study with rec­om­men­da­tions that would help en­sure a sus­tain­able sys­tem to im­prove safety, reg­u­la­tory com­pli­ance, ef­fec­tive­ness, ef­fi­ciency and reli­a­bil­ity. The rec­om­men­da­tions pro­pose that any health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion re­quest­ing tax dol­lars must first im­ple­ment a rec­og­nized qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tem such as ISO 9001. Un­for­tu­nately, the com­mis­sion­ers were un­re­spon­sive to this ap­proach. Ste­wart L. Robin­son

Salt Springs, Fla.

Sul­len­berger touted avi­a­tion as a model for pa­tient safety at the HIMSS con­fer­ence.

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