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The Checklist Manifesto Audiobook

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    lawguy 01-19-17
    lawguy 01-19-17

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    "Not what I expected."

    I was expecting this book to show me how to make a checklist for everything. Unfortunately, all it does is explain why checklists are needed. (I already knew that part). I really don't see why this book is so hyped.

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    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX 01-17-17
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    "Excellent read!"

    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.

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    feste 01-15-17
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    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.

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    David 01-13-17
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    "great content, great stories"

    this review is supposed to be optional, I just want to write the book five stars and move on

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    sck 01-08-17
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    "A real eye opener"

    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!

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    Diane OROVILLE, CA, United States 01-06-17
    Diane OROVILLE, CA, United States 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    Excellent for medical personal as well as for Businesses and daily living. Well done Dr Gawande

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    Makes a fascinating and compelling story out of what could easily have been a mundane story. Gawande is just a remarkable writer.

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    "good content... not sure if it needed to be a book"

    I will certainly start implementing check lists in my life. and asking hospitals if they use them before undergoing surgery if I can!!!

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    Joe Dorcy New York 12-14-16
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    "A fascinating read"

    The only concern would be with sudden voice changes during the recording, but it doesn't affect the excellent content in the slightest

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    Tristan 12-04-16 Member Since 2016

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    "A model for how non-fiction should be written."

    If I ever write a book, I want it to be like this one.

    It features:
    - 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.

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