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Ed Hickey & Guy Hirst

Reviewing the flight path of every cardiac patient

Ed Hickey has joined the Division of Cardiac Surgery at The Hospital for Sick Children as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hickey holds a Bachelor of Medicine degree from the University of Southampton, UK (1999), followed by his residency program in General Surgery, which he completed in 2003 at the same university. He has also won numerous awards, among which the most recent ones are: Zane Cohen Fellowship Award 2011 from the Department of Surgery, the University of Toronto Postgraduate Leadership Award 2010, and the Richard Rowe Award both in 2008 and 2007 at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, Young Investigator Award 2008 from Children’s Heart Foundation, Chicago. Guy Hirst, one of the founders of the Risky Business conferences, was a British Airways pilot from 1972 until 2006. For the last 6 years of his flying career he was Training Standards Captain, with responsibility for training and developing British Airways pilots. Guy was one of the pioneers in Human Factors (HF) Training – Crew Resource Management into BA. Since 201 Guy has taken his knowledge of HF training into the healthcare arena. He was instrumental in designing and presenting HF courses at the Royal College of Surgeons and many NHS hospitals. Guy now is in great demand to speak at medical conferences and had the honour of delivering the ‘Roger Green Memorial Lecture’ to the Royal Aeronautical Society in 2006. He has recently become the ‘Aviation Expert’ for ITV news network in the UK.

Guy Hirst, retired British Airways Training Captain, described the tragic circumstances around the crash of Air France flight 447. Dr. Ed Hickey, cardiac surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, described a novel approach to developing a “flight path” to track the progress of a patient during hospitalization. Tracking the flight path of a patient enables clinicians to understand when threats and errors occur, allow for early intervention and provide important learning for patients with similar diagnoses or undergoing similar procedures.