Safety Stories: Creating a Culture of Safety with Digital Stories

  • Cathy Jaynes


In the setting of the air medical industry, stories have become ‘the new face of safety education’ as the industry struggles to address the rising incidence of crashes and injury. Jaynes recounts the history of the Safety Story project in the United States and examines the theoretical underpinnings. Bruner’s cognitive learning theory is applied as the stories are used to change culture, to help those in the air medical industry understand what safety looks like. Surprisingly, the stories also bring healing to those who have suffered—emotionally, some physically—from those sentinel safety events that they describe.

The stories created as part of this project can be viewed on the Medevac Foundation website at


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cathy Jaynes
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  1. 1.Monarch Medical TechnologiesCharlotteUSA

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