Prof. Yves d'Udekem Reflects on Risky Business, London 2019
Published: Wed 12 Jun 2019
I was amazed to what extent the lessons taken from the conference are likely to influence my future professional life.
"Beside being mesmerised and humbled by the life experiences of heroes of exceptional circumstances, I was amazed to what extent the lessons taken from the conference are likely to influence my future professional life.
As a cardiac surgeon, I face mortalities. In the last year, I realised, by listening to the speakers. that some of the mortalities I faced in the last year might have been changed if I reacted with more plasticity to the situation I encountered in these operations.
It became very clear at the conference that those closest to their field have, sometimes, to take decisions that are different to the expected ones and sometimes in contradictions to "sacrosanct" rules.
The example of the Grenfell tower was in this view striking. Also, I felt so much inspired by the example set by Dr Cusack who took his responsibility as a mentor so far that he fought against an entire system for Dr Gawa-Garba with a sense of justice and responsibility that we rarely exert because we believe that success in such a matter would be impossible.
'Thank you for the organisers of this splendid conference. I will recommend it to all my colleagues!'
Prof. Yves d'Udekem
Consultant Cardiac Surgeon
Deputy Director, Department of Cardiac Surgery, The Royal Children’s Hospital
Senior Research Fellow, CCN, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Professor, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
Risky Business events are different from anything else in the safety world. Through the sharing of ideas outside one's own sphere of expertise, we can understand risk, quality and safety from different perspectives.