The premise of the book was good. The narrator performed well. The book takes a very long time to get going. Maybe the audio version is a weaker total delivery than the book, but I was disappointed in the lack of non-medical applications. Use a checklist- I got it. But its really not necessary to spend 60% of the book on very specific, jargon filled medical anecdotes. The bits on construction, aviation and investing were the only parts I found beneficial.
Medical jargon and self proclaim.
Yes, the premise and take aways from this book were great. If he cut out the medical portions, or added a few more anecdotes from a variety of industries, I would have enjoyed it much more.
This is the first audio book I have ever tried, overall the book is a great listen.
The medical situations that are presented in the book.
No, many different sitting, mostly driving back and forth from school.
What an amazing book! At first, when the book was recommended to me, I thought, 'a book on check lists??' But Mr. Gawande show fantastic insight into the power of the check list and why it's more than a check list, but what it says about us and how we interact with other people. His stories are both riveting and insightful. In this age of super specialization, it's the simple stuff that can bring down a project - and our ego's.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
While there is both some good examples of the need for checklists and the benefits derived, this book could EASILY have been half as long and still been effective. Felt like the author trying to make a short story into a novel.
You'll learn some good things here, but will take more time than necessary to do it.
It is easy
Very human, compassionate and open to his and others limitations.
The day in a Boston Hospital when he tried to use the Checklist in preparation for surgery and discovered its limits and went back to drawing board to refine it.
Not really, it made sense and was very human.
Great story, many anecdotes that make the checklist real and doable. It really does unify a mission/purpose and strengthens teamwork!
A good look into how to utilize checklists in everyday life. Something that can benefit everyone.
The medical examples were an eye opener. I also liked the cross reference to the aviation industry.
Yes, definitely. There is so much rich material in this, so much that is quotable, when talking to old school health professionals who think that health care is simply about their being an expert. Even experts are humans.
The way aviation example are so delicately tied to medical examples.
Hmm. Some of the terminology was spelt out where it could have been said as a word, eg ECMO is not pronounced E.C.M.O. in healthcare, just ecmo.
The background story behind the world's most life saving surgical innovation.
Any surgeon who reads this book and is not converted should be... well... fired.
Excellent treatise by Atul Gawande. Giving 5/5 since this seems like a fundamental step modern society needs to take. Narrator was fine. Makes a very solid case for why and how to implement checklists. If you have a job or a duty you care about that involves money or lives and you don't have checklists then you need to read/listen to this and get started.
Favorite part was the survey of doctors and hospital staff for whom 20% said a surgery checklist was not helpful and a waste of time. However, when the same staff was asked if they wanted another surgeon to use the checklist, 94% of them said they wanted *that* surgeon to use the checklist!
Not sure - did an adequate job, would definitely listen to other narrations by John Lloyd
Concise explanation of checklist beginning, development and use in aviation, medicine, construction and others. Case studies and evidence provided make it a good audio book.
The proof that the USAirways commercial flight that landed in the Hudson river was successful because of the use of checklists that were followed in this life threatening emergency and not totally reliant on human instinct.
The life saving actions performed by Dr. Gawande and his surgucal team to save his patient at the end of the book. If I ever need surgery I want to know that my surgeon is a user of checklists.
Western medicine is in a very difficult position right now. Patients are often treated like a collection of symptons rather that a total person. Doctors are called on to perform to high standards of efficiency rather than of compassion and competence. Atul Gawande has thought a great deal about this problem and formulated a solution to deal with these problems ...or at least some of them. He borrows from other disciplines to come up with a basic routine that should work in hospitals around the world. It's certainly worth a second read.
Gawande describes how various professions deal with problems similar to some of those in the modern operating room. He offers anecdotes about each profession and then tells us how those solutions were adapted to eight very different hospitals in diverse parts of the world...and he is not above telling us stories of his own failures and challenges to illustrate his point.
Since this is a work of non-fiction, I think it would not be considered for a film. For a film about the challenges of surgery, one might consider
I like Gawande a lot. He has written lots of articles for The New Yorker on similar subjects. When anyone currently involved in the practice of medicine is willing to admit that the system has been run off the rails and is willing to apply his intelligence to constructive solutions rather than just ranting...it's worth our attention. Besides, he's fun and easy to read.