Save a life by watching telly?

BB2.055If you’re in the United Kingdom on Thursday 21st March please consider watching BBC’s Horizon program at 9pm on BBC2.
I’m in Australia so I’ll miss it, but I’m moved by the whole background to this endeavour and really want you to help me spread the word.
Many of you will be familiar with the tragic case of Mrs Elaine Bromiley, who died from hypoxic brain injury after clinicians lost control of her airway during an anaesthetic for elective surgery. Her husband Martin has heroically campaigned for a greater awareness of the need to understand human factors in healthcare so such disasters can be prevented in the future.
Mr Bromiley describes the program, which is hosted by intensivist and space medicine expert Dr Kevin Fong:

Kevin and the Horizon team have produced something inspirational yet scientific, and – just as importantly – it’s by a clinician, for clinicians. It’s written in a way that will appeal to both those in healthcare and the public. It uses a tragic death to highlight human factors that all of us are prone to, and looks at how we can learn from others both in and outside healthcare to make a real difference in the future.

The lessons of this programme are for everyone in healthcare.

It would be wonderful if you could pass on details of the programme to anyone you know who works in healthcare. My goal is that by the end of this week, every one of the 1 million or so people who work in healthcare in the UK will be able to watch it (whether on Thursday or on iPlayer).

From the Health Foundation blog

Please help us reach this 1000 000 viewer target by watching on Thursday or later on iPlayer. Tweet about it or forward this message to as many healthcare providers you know. Help Martin help the rest of us avoid the kind of tragedy that he and his children have so bravely endured.
For more information on Mrs Bromiley’s case, watch ‘Just a Routine Operation’:


3 thoughts on “Save a life by watching telly?”

  1. I’ve just watched this and I thought it was terrible. What could have been a fantastic program was reduced to the standard horizon formula of scientist who wants to be on tv, lots of moody shots and excuses to show dramatic things.
    The case wasn’t gone through in any detail and anytime they touched (barely) on something that might have been relevant to the case it was glazed over. It boiled down an example of demonstration of tunnel vision with firefighters which wasn’t put in the context of the airway problem the program was supposed to be about followed by 40minutes on the WHO checklist which while a stunningly good idea shouldn’t have been the focus of the program.

  2. I was a pre-reg house officer with Fongy before fleeing for sunnier climes. His career has meandered into exploration of space, hardcore ICU and anaes, extreme ER and presenting for Horizon…poor bugger, whereas I’m a country doctor on a tiny little Island.
    So I may not be objective!
    But I think the programme does a good job of highlighting the issues of HF…and the concept of attitudes towards error affecting subsequent error rates was fascinating.
    It’s a taster for the masses and does the job.

  3. It was made for lay audience and it does hit home some really good points. For those who are “techy” enough. You can torrent this at

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