Neat stuff, kids.
In an age when malpractice insurance is through the roof, malpractice insurance for anesthesiologists is DOWN.
Why, you may ask?
Did they make some sort of deal with the trial lawyers?
Put a cap on lawsuits?
Nope. They decided to make fewer mistakes.
The anesthesiologists, once the riskiest doctors to insure, now pay some of the smallest malpractice claims in medicine because their professional association got everybody together and decided to work on the problem of patients dying. They developed new machines and new training methods to improve patient safety. Most impressive of all for a bunch of doctors (a profession, after all, known for its hubris) is that they started tracking mistakes and developed a huge database. Every dead patient and every lawsuit went in there until patterns and guidelines started to emerge. For example, they discovered a common problem was often inserting the breathing tube into the esophagus instead of into the windpipe. So the figured out a way around that.
Too cool, y’all, and an approach that every profession can emulate.