In 2007, Martin Bromiley’s wife died due to medical error. The Bromiley case will be familiar to many of us. The lessons from this case can teach us stark lessons about our own leadership and teamwork.
Martin and his wife, Elaine had two young children. Elaine went into hospital for a routine sinus operation and during anaesthetic induction, it all went horribly wrong.
Her airway obstructed and the team was unable to gain a secure airway. For 20 minutes they attempted to achieve a stable airway, during which time her sats were around 40%.
Although she survived, she sustained serious hypoxic brain injury and 13 days later her life support was turned off.
Martin is an airline pilot with an interest in human factors and formed the Clinical Human Factors Group in 2007.
Here are the key teamwork lessons from his wife, Elaine’s case.
2. Have a plan
3. Listen to all the team members
4. Take control
As Martin Bromiley identifies, ‘we are all wrong no matter how good we are’.
We need people around us to tell us.
Be open to suggestions. Listen to your team. Step up and lead.
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