'Miracle' pilot on mission against medical errors

Politico, August 7, 2013

The health care safety world is chock full of airplane crash clichés. Now, a real-life pilot-hero is flying to the rescue. Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger in 2009 coolly landed his jet safely on the Hudson River in what was dubbed as the Miracle on the Hudson. He has refashioned himself as an expert on reducing medical errors, which by some estimates kill up to 200,000 people a year — "the equivalent of 20 jetliners crashing per week," he told POLITICO. If tens of thousands of people died in plane crashes, he says, "There would be a national ground stop."


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