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
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.
I expected to learn how to create a super bulletproof checklist, but it gives just some hints.
Most of the book is about anecdotes as an example of the importance of checklists and how they saved the day in different occasions.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only for its message, but for the anekdotes. I will attempt to incorporate this into my routine
Great book. the main lesson of course is to use a checklist, even for mundane tasks. But the value of this book is WHY a checklist works, WHAT makes a checklist good or bad, and ultimately to share the research that proves how surprisingly effective a checklist really is.
great read for any teams doing critical work. a must read for those in the medical, aviation, or construction business. IT operations benefits as well as devops too
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