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
Atul Gawande is a vivid storyteller, noticing and describing his experiences in rich and colorful detail.
Dr. Gawande was my favorite character because he relentlessly pursued the answer to improving world health. And when that answer turned out to be something simple, he had the humility to acknowledge it and try to persuade as many people as possible to accept it.
There are so many moving and dramatic stories in this book, but probably the most moving was the last one where Dr. Gawande shows how the checklist helped to save the life of one of his own patients.
I listened to this audiobook while I was driving with my 16-year-old daughter as a passenger. She was glued to the book and couldn't wait to hear more. When it was over, she grabbed my tablet and searched for more books by Atul Gawande.
I would recommend this book to the people like me who think they are creative enough to be able to bypass the need to organize themselves.
1. Find a dead horse.
2. Beat the dead horse.
3. Repeat until teary-eyed.
I'm trying to recall who recommended this, as I've wasted my audible for the month.
The Great (well tall) Dane loving bio's and mind-bending non-fiction.
I really loved the passion that goes into advocating a very simple concept: Check lists.
An airplane crashes, and following investigation, all airlines quickly adapt to a new procedure to avoid the next crash. Moreover, the new procedure has subsequently proven effective.
What makes the aerospace industry so different to almost any other in its ability to practice discipline?
This book will show you that the root is in a simple and powerful concept: the checklist.
Not only that, Atul Gawande demonstrates from his own experience how a simple checklist helped him prevent loss of life in his operating theatre, and hundreds more in hospitals worldwide - and this is just the beginning.
The ideas in this book are relevant to any profession - but do you have the guts to take the responsibility to become disciplined?
After reading this book, you will have a fresh look on your own professionalism.
Mostly anecdotes and stories, with a negligible amount of practical advice for those wanting to design or employ checklists.I recommend avoiding this book unless you need several hours of convincing that checklists can be useful.
highly recommended, just missed actual attached examples. theory, proofs and story are great! this should be thought in highschool!
I found this book to be an easy listen--almost with an old time Radio drama quality. Story after story were each gripping and well told. The topic, so easily dismissable, really came to life through the many well crafted stories. I plan to make this Audible file required for my 3 kids making their way through school and into life.
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