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The Checklist Manifesto Audiobook

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

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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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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 09-08-12
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 09-08-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Could have been half as long....."

    While there is both some good examples of the need for checklists and the benefits derived, this book could EASILY have been half as long and still been effective. Felt like the author trying to make a short story into a novel.

    You'll learn some good things here, but will take more time than necessary to do it.

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    Amazon Customer 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story illustrating the point."

    I enjoyed listening to the story of the discovery of this simple but revolutionary idea.
    I wish there was more discussion on implementation across other fields. Maybe 'steps' that can be taken.
    Medical individuals will enjoy this because of the medically focused examples.
    Great book

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    Elizabeth 10-25-17
    Elizabeth 10-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "great read"

    Fascinating stories of surguries/trauma, and how Gawande studied other professions/events to improve healthcare with use of checklists.

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    Amazon Customer 10-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great stories & storytelling!!"

    Incredible opening! Grabs you right off the bat and doesn't really let up. Cool stories about medical miracles and aviation disasters. Great for people in healthcare but for anyone really!! I'll listen again.

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    Bill 10-17-17
    Bill 10-17-17
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    "Good concept, stretched into book length"

    The checklist idea is great, but the book contains too much unnecessary story and not enough meat on the actual subject.

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    A. Yoshida 10-17-17
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    "Collection of stories of checklist usage"

    The book is a collection of stories about checklists used in different industries and how they made a difference from saving lives to increasing profits. Since the author is a doctor, most of the stories are about healthcare. Contrary to the subtitle, the book does not provide guidance on how to create a checklist. From the stories, it's apparent that the checklist should be simple so people will use it; it should contain a few vital steps to address likely problems and high-risk concerns. For example the checklist for surgeries, the team introduce themselves (so people feel comfortable speaking up if they notice a mistake), they verify the steps for preventing infection are done (common complication), they say what procedure will be performed (sometimes the wrong operation has been performed), and they say what is needed if worse-case scenario occurs (e.g., how many units of blood need to be on standby). A good checklist requires using it in the field and refining it. Taking measurements of "before" and "after" with the checklist can persuade some skeptics to use the checklists (like a 40% reduction in infection rate).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Blaise Pabon Mountain View, ca United States 10-08-17
    Blaise Pabon Mountain View, ca United States 10-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "I learned a lot about reducing failure."

    in addition to the entertainment, I learned a few facts about checklist and research methods that were surprising to me.

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    J. Roxanna Likely 10-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Surprisingly relevant"

    It's a little slow in the first 2 chapters but I urge you to push through. When the author begins weaving in his research in other industries and relating it back to his own is when I became more engaged. This book made a big impact on the way I came back to my Sales department in the Entertainment industry and I began applying this simple yet effective approach immediately (but with much resistance as expected).

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    April 10-06-17
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    "Great Book."

    I would recommend this book for all to read. It shows how a checklist can reduce and eliminate errors.

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    Erin Arkin Reedsburg, WI United States 09-24-17
    Erin Arkin Reedsburg, WI United States 09-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must listen"

    I knew that checklists were valuable, but this book showed just how critical they are and was the push I needed to actually use the checklist I have and to create new ones. A must read.

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