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
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.
This was a very entertaining and informative book. The narrator does a very good job with a very authoritative voice. I found the information to be extremely helpful with plenty of examples to illustrate the points.
It's a great concept, but the author goes onto way too much detail into the medical procedures and other examples of checklist. I'm certainly glad I listen to it, instead of read it.￼
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