Generosity was the main topic of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery’s 2007 John Conley Lecture on Medical Ethics by Rev. William G. Enright, PhD, Executive Director of the Lake Family Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University, at the opening ceremony of this year’s annual meeting.
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The publication of two Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports-To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System in 1999 and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century in 2001-served as a catalyst to increase awareness among health care professionals that the American health care system is beset by serious problems related to patient safety and medical errors.
“Despite increasing awareness among intensivists and respiratory therapists and more widespread use of low-pressure, high-volume cuffs, the incidence of tracheal tube cuff overinflation remains high in the contemporary American intensive care unit [ICU],” said Luc Morris, MD, from the Head and Neck Service in the Department of Otolaryngology at New York University School of Medicine during his scientific session presentation at the April 2007 meeting of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association at the Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meeting.