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The Checklist Manifesto : How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande and John Bedford Lloyd

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"The" "New York Times" bestselling 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.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"The" "New York Times" bestselling 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'Aineither 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 ninety-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 hospi-tal 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 homeland security 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 reading for anyone working to get things right.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781427208989
  • ISBN-10: 1427208980
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio
  • Publish Date: December 2009
  • Page Count: 5


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Is it really possible that a low-tech—actually no-tech—simple list can change and influence outcomes in our high-tech, super-complex world? The answer is a resounding YES! And in his latest book, The Checklist Manifesto, straightforwardly narrated by John Bedford Lloyd, Atul Gawande—one of those wonderfully multi-talented men who is a surgeon, New Yorker staff writer and MacArthur Fellow—explains why and how a “stupid little list” can help even the most highly skilled and trained avoid failure and achieve consistent success. Gawande draws many of his intriguing examples from surgery, his own specialty, but also offers compelling examples from construction, venture capital and aviation (a standard checklist helped make Capt. Sullenberger’s safe landing on the icy waters of the Hudson River a reality). Surgeons and medical teams have been slow to embrace checklists but, as Gawande demonstrates, the evidence is as simple and convincing as the checklists themselves: A surgical checklist used in eight very different hospitals around the world, from Seattle to rural Tanzania, significantly lowered post-op infection rates, saving lives and millions of dollars. Ours is an age of extreme complexity where an inept error, simply overlooking a small step, can lead to disaster. Yet admitting that more than one set of expert eyes is necessary seems difficult for many. I only hope this “manifesto” makes it easier.

 
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