Escape Fire is collection of compelling speeches by one of America’s leading crusaders for health care quality and patient safety – Don Berwick, MD, founder and president of the Boston-based Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Each year, IHI hosts the National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care. The influential annual event draws 4,000 health care leaders from around the world in person and 6,000 via satellite.

In many ways, Dr. Berwick’s keynote lectures set the tone for quality improvement efforts across the US. With an effective blend of common sense, real-life stories, persuasive metaphors, and out-of-the-box thinking, Dr. Berwick’s presentations make for fascinating reading for anyone interested in improving America’s $1.7 trillion health care system.

For example, in his 1999 keynote, Dr. Berwick recounts the 1949 Montana wildfire that killed thirteen young men and applies lessons learned from the catastrophe to today’s health care system.