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What I Learned About Adverse Events From Captain Sully: It’s Not What You Think

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Source Name: Journal of the American Medical Association


Marjorie Podraza Stiegler

The author recounts the posttraumatic distress that Captain Scully and other crewmembers experienced after the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in New York City.  She describes the counseling this team required after executing a nearly perfect recovery from a potentially disastrous aviation event.  The author wonders why, when physicians experience similarly traumatic experiences with their patients (especially those with fatal outcomes), they are expected to resume work immediately, without counseling and without regard for any potential disability.

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