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CLASSIC PAPER Human factors in accidents*

By M F Allnutt


At first sight, an article on human error based largely on mili-tary aviation accidents may appear to be inappropriate mate-rial for this journal, particularly when it is written by one whose total knowledge of anaesthesia has been confined to two sessions in a dentist’s chair; but a moment’s reflection may show that errors in the air and errors in the operating theatre have much in common. Thus both pilots and doctors are carefully selected highly trained professionals who are usually determined to maintain high standards, both exter-nally and internally imposed, whilst performing difficult tasks in life-threatening environments. Both use high technology equipment and function as key members of a team of special-ists, although not always with colleagues of their choosing, and are sometimes forced to operate at a time and under con-ditions which are far from ideal. Finally, they both exercis

Year: 2016
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