Yuma Hospital staff undergo aviation-based training

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Yuma Hospital staff undergo aviation-based training

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YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Medical staff at Yuma Regional Medical Center received military training Friday.

Operating room and cardiac care teams participated in a two-day program where they learned how to implement communication skills used by the U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and nuclear facilities.

"Empowering everyone to be able to voice concerns about safety and then to have a shared medal-model of how we're going to take care of that patient so that everyone is on the same page," said Dr. James Vining, Physician at YRMC.

The hospital will now join a group of about 200 hospitals nationwide who have undergone this type of training. The program is based on the concept of Crew Resource Management commonly used in the aviation industry, including the U.S. Navy.

"It's the day in day out stuff where mistakes are made and so you want to standardized that and make it a very safe communicating team-work environment," said Dr. Andrew Gaffney, LifeWings Partners co-founder and former NASA astronaut.

The purpose of the program is to create a healthy working environment where medical staff feels comfortable speaking up and voicing any concerns. Hospital officials say this training will improve relationships among staff as well as patients. They say it will also improve patient care and safety, which is many occasions, can mean life or death.

"The fact of the matter is that outcome is a big deal in healthcare industry, American is a leader in this and the implementation of this type of training has really taken off," said Dr. Roberto Cervera, heart surgeon at YRMC.