The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.
We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.
In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.
An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.
©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
His point is important, but there's not enough original information for a book. Too much padding with example stories that don't add new info.
An interesting subject but poorly written and really boring. Takes the entire book to basically say "Doctors should use checklists to limit their mistakes". 8 words.
This is the type of book that once you hear it, it starts you thinking. Is this a book that you would listen to over and over, I don't believe so but I do think it would be beneficial to listen to again in the future.
Although the story does deal with medical issues, this is the authors background, it also includes the source of checklists - pilots. As with any book there has to be a purpose for you picking the book up and this is to make yourself better. Many reviewers say that the book spends too much time on surgery but the purpose of the book is to illustrate the use of checklists; this and the many other examples should be adapted to your environment.
Great reader. Adds to experience.
There are many "really" moments throughout the book that keep it interesting and relevant.
Highly recommend for anyone who really wants to improve their lives - but it will take commitment and work.
I was able to listen to the book in 3 days walking to and home from work. Essential content is easy to understand and process from audio format and I will build checklists into our practice in NY. Implementing these concepts could improve ED care nationally and are similar to the American Heart Association courses focused on resuscitation and treatment of seriously ill and injured patients. Well done Dr. Gawade.
I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
There is a lot of interesting information here. The book points out the need for adopting checklists and procedures for avoiding basic errors across many professions and businesses. Very well done. My only reservation is that it is a little repetitive at some points.
I LOVE BOOKS! I have a service business (large salon). 'What are you reading' is heard all day everyday.
As a private pilot, I KNOW the value of a simple check list. Simple tasks such as SECURE AND LATCH PASSENGER DOOR can become lost in the routine and could become a fatal mistake. Defining simple, yet critical tasks and consistently reviewing them removes untold volumes of liability. Thank you Mr. Gawande. I have a checklist, not OCD!
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
There are just way too many stories here, and not enough practical, actionable advice. Gawande is a strong writer though, reminiscent of Malcolm Gladwell.
With everyone up in arms these days about the state of education, it would seem that Atul Gawande MD's little book, Checklist Manifesto' would be finding its way into standard teaching regimens, and yet it has not.
I used this book and the advice it offered by way of anecdotal evidence, and my students ate it up. To be certain, they initially resisted, however it did not take long for them to see the utility of using checklists as part of their every day learning regimen.
Sometimes, throwing money at a problem is not the answer. Sometimes, the answer is drilling down to find out what has worked for others. Rather than wasting time reinventing the wheel, we do ourselves a huge favor by seeing what is at hand. Assessing how we can use what we have in lieu of wasting precious time and energy we improve our chances at success by figuring how to make slight adjustments to tweak what we have to our needs.
That is what Dr. Gawande is showing us. This book will benefit anyone who takes the time to read it. Moreover, it costs nothing more than the price of the book and a genuine interest to apply what seems do elegant and yet do simple.
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