Clinical Skills Development Service

Faculty Improvement Collaborative #2 – To Err is Human

To Err is Human

CSDS held the second Faculty Improvement Collaborative (FIC) on 17 September 2018, hosting an advanced screening of the documentary To Err is Human.

Directed by the son of late patient safety pioneer, Dr. John M. Eisenberg, To Err Is Human is an in-depth documentary about this silent epidemic and those working behind the scenes to create a new age of patient safety. Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family’s compelling journey from tragedy to triumph, the film provides a unique look at the US healthcare system’s ongoing fight against preventable harm.

We invest tens of billions to find cures for disease but barely a fraction of that to find cures for one of the world’s biggest killers – medical errors. This important documentary conveys just how big a mistake that is. It also shows how we can do better. The problem isn’t bad clinicians. It’s the complexity that good clinicians have to deal with everyday.

Atul Gawande (Surgeon, Writer, Public Health Researcher)

The 77-minute feature was followed by a group discussion around the application of the documentary to the Australian healthcare systems, and the changes that need to occur to better improve patient safety.

CSDS thanks all who attended and participated in the event. We look forward to continuing our commitment to healthcare improvement with you.