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.