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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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    Mike 05-13-17
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    "So much better than the title leads you to expect"

    I am a process improvement expert, I've published books myself about how to use processes to improve results, and this book took my understanding to another level. The author makes his case using seriously interesting examples from surgery, sky-scraper construction, and aviation. I will keep this book near my desk for the rest of my career and focus on implementing the concepts at my real estate firm.

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    Rurik McKaiser 05-11-17 Member Since 2010
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    "A must read for any professional!"

    This book has been on my reading list for a while, and I finally got to read it. I am just sad I did not read it YEARS ago! This book is a must read for any professional and, as a lawyer, it should be part of he law school curriculum!

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    Honest and reflective. Rather drawn out, but some good comparisons to other industries and what medicine can learn from them.

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    Jugglerman 04-18-17
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    "Fascinating book!"

    This is a great book for those in technical fields. From flying an airplane to making a plan come together, the Checklist Manifesto shows how making a checklist can help catch everything from the mundane to the lift threading.

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    "Common sense is not a common virtue. "

    Take your time to make sure you pull out yhe jewels and you can walk away with some real action items.

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    Andrew Zygarewicz 03-17-17 Member Since 2014

    I am a business analyst.

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    "Amazing way of thinking about a list"

    the author pools together various stories from architecture engineering to medicine to flight and shares how a list can be used across Industries to make things better and safer and wiser. I am a very proud owner of a physical book and the audio copy enjoy.

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    Amazon Customer 03-17-17

    Farmer, Nurse, Skeptic, Science enthusiast

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    "Revolutionary but not new"

    This engaging story takes you through what should be a fairly simple sell. Use checklists like pilots and avoid disaster (actual or metaphorical).
    This tells of how a simple concept can be pushed back from areas that need it most. If doctors, lawyers and engineers can use them to prevent catastrophic failures then why can't we use them in our jobs or lives.
    Well read and inspiring, this is a book that I will be recommending to many of my colleagues.

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    I pastor a church and after listening to this book I am convinced that checklists will help us with team building amongst our many volunteers.

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    mab5851 03-04-17
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    "Must Read!"

    This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in medicine, especially for those who might be considering attending medical school. More than that, though, it eloquently puts into perspective our own fallibility and the very real steps we can take to mitigate it, even against the chagrin of our own egos. I highly recommend this and all of Atul Gawande's books. They never disappoint!

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    Alex M. Carpenter Illinois 03-04-17
    Alex M. Carpenter Illinois 03-04-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Good information, sub-par reader"

    Terrible accents make this audible difficult to concentrate on the content. Reading this book would have been more enjoyable. Good content for short 45 minute reads, interesting different concepts with each section.

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