Talking Transfusion Safety & More

Feb. 22, 2014

For those of you tuning into the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I don’t have to explain how dangerous even the smallest deviation can be. Take ski jumping, for instance, which finally admitted females after the evidence showed it wouldn’t make ladies’ uteri fall out (breaking heads and bones was evidently not a concern).

Here’s how Washington Post reporter Liz Clarke describes this original extreme sport in “Women’s Ski Jumpers Ready to Prove their Olympic Mettle”:

“At the Olympic level, jumpers are scored on distance and style. Jumpers push off at the start of the course, known as the in-run, then tuck into a crouch, arms at their sides as their skis hurtle down icy grooves at roughly 60 mph. With an explosive burst, they launch themselves in the air, positioning their skis in a V-shape while lifting their arms away from their body to maximize their surface area, like a human kite. While it looks like the jumpers are soaring on TV, they don’t fly much higher than a living-room ceiling – roughly 10 to 15 feet above ground. But there’s a skill to staying aloft, reading shifting winds and making minute adjustments in body position to exploit them.

(Women’s ski-jumping pioneer Lindsey) Van likens the sensation in flight to putting your hand out the window of a car at 60 mph. ‘Every little movement you do makes a huge difference, even with your little finger—but it’s with your whole body,’ she said. One wrong move can have calamitous results …”

Similarly, even the slight deviation in your blood bank or transfusion service can also have dire consequences. Thankfully, these errors don’t occur on live TV in front of millions.

OTIS can’t prevent deviations or ski-jump accidents, but it can shine a bright light on how your nonconforming events are trending so you and your team can devise ways to prevent their re-occurrence.

17639 Beech St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708 | (714) 963-7099