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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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    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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    BaptistPreacherRR 03-04-17
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    "This will help us"

    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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    Eric Dalrymple 03-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Somewhat interesting, but bloated."

    The book makes a good case for checklists, touts their virtues and delves a little bit into how and why they work. However it spends so much time on redundant fluff that I felt the book could have been a fourth of its length and have communicated the same content much more effectively. If you enjoy series of long winded anecdotes, then you will enjoy, however if you are looking for concise and thoughtful dissection, look elsewhere.

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    Elizabeth DeGrush 03-01-17 Member Since 2014
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    "fascinating book"

    great topic, kept it engaging, and easy to get through. I very much enjoyed this book.

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    R. Cook 02-25-17
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    It gets 3 stars for some interesting stories. There's really no actionable information though. I'll have to keep the stories in mind over the coming months to see if I can apply any of this to my work.

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    T. Goss 02-16-17
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    "Excellent points!"

    Read this book. We all need this whether or not we might like to say we do. It will surprise you. And may even save your life some day. Lots of situations are visited and explained. All have benefitted immensely from their checklists. Experience is good, but add in a checklist and you have the best you can have. I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons and the style of the author. Great job!

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    Patrick 02-15-17
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    "Overall it was good but realize that....."

    Many reviews are correct - it's a book full of stories of people using or why they should be using checklists. I did enjoy the stories and the narrator did a very good job. It's a quick read/listen - overall I liked it.

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