All in healthcare should read this book. Other fields would also benefit. Healthcare has been slow to adopt proven methods from other industries of safety. Gaining more traction over the recent years.
love it. super neat examples of life-saving checklists in a bunch of fields: medicine, aviation, construction, etc. and what makes a good system for preventing stupid errors in general.
The variety of examples across industries and the discussion of arguments for and against this common sense discipline are inspiring to take our game to the next level. Thanks for taking the time to write this book!
I will certainly start implementing check lists in my life. and asking hospitals if they use them before undergoing surgery if I can!!!
Urban planner. Environmentalist. Geek.
If I ever write a book, I want it to be like this one.
- A new, counterintuitive idea that deserves broad adoption.
- Rigorous evidence.
- Human stories to illustrate big ideas.
- A gripping story-arc following how the author came to his conclusions.
- Clear, concise pros.
The book also came with its share of surprise. Of course checklists are useful for avoiding dumb mistakes. Less obvious is the idea that checklists can free the mind to think about bigger issues, how they can improve communication, and how they can be used to empower lower-ranked personnel. Equally fascinating is how little they have been adopted, considering the evidence for their benefits.
Here is your super-abridged version of this book: "Checklists are awesome. Use them". But even though you now know the point of the material, you will still find reading this book extremely enlightening. Careful documentation of human fallibility, and examples from numerous disciplines as to how checklists can improve life and save lives make for a great read that will have you looking for ways to incorporate them into your own life.
Superb narration by Mr. Lloyd as well.