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
attorney; father; part-time yogi; college football fan; not in that order.
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.
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.
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