The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right
ISBN: 0312430000
EAN13: 9780312430009
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 4, 2011
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.2" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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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. 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. Read More chevron_right

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   Excellent Reinforcement!
Keeping the lists to six or seven items was a great tip for me. We launch rockets as an example. The big rockets are for fun. We work with equipment and electronics. We buttoned everything up and forgot to attach the quik-link to the parachute. It's not the best time to find out. A short list of critical items is helpful when the group is hooking up wires. The idea is sold to people who don't take suggestions very well. It's helpful to implement a system to avoid errors in my work because I think everyone can relate to that. It's made a difference in our performance.
   arrogance vs discipline
Before I read this book, I knew that the OR teams had faith in the surgical checklist. I now appreciate it more. Surgeons have become advocates of the additional safety offered by this simple concept. There are other guidelines in place for acute crisis care that have helped everyone be on the same page, and assure the patient as well as the team members the best possible outcomes.
   Inspirational and important - how to simplify complexity...
This is an important book. It describes the marriage of professional expertise and safe routines that all of us might wish for ourselves. The leader of the WHO's Safe Surgery Saves Lives programme is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. His other books are "A Surgeon's Notes on Performance" and "A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science". He's not just a medical author. In my opinion, he is a great writer and creator of great stories. He uses tales from the high-risk world of international finance and investment, as well as numerous medical scenarios, to explain how lives are constantly at stake. All fascinating...
   Read This Book!!
I bought my own copy of this book after I borrowed it from my local library. The book is a good read and should be used in every industry and home in the world. The author talks about how airline pilots use checklists to make sure that every step has been completed in order to make flying as safe as possible I was convinced that the simple checklist could do so much to decrease waste, increase efficiency, and eliminate costly mistakes after reading the chapter about how a hospital in Detroit had a double-digit decrease in central line infections in just one quarter. This book is perfect for everyone. It's!
   Insightful book, if medically slanted
The development of checklists in medicine, commercial aircraft flight, and building construction are some of the topics the author explores. Before reading the book, I thought that the list of tasks needed to be comprehensive to turn off your brain and make outcomes more consistent. The development of a World Health Organization checklist for reducing surgery complications is led by Dr. Gawande. At first, the developers try to make a comprehensive list of tasks, but in practice it's not very useful. The most important and most often overlooked tasks are best synchronized with the use of checklists. The book should be read to the end. There are more insights to be gained by reading through the whole book if you get half way and think it is slowing and repeating itself.
   Great writer, great idea =Great book
His books are enjoyable to read. There is a happy ending to the last story. I am amazed at accidents that could have been prevented by a good check list.
   This Book is a Way of Life
This book has been read by me. I bought it for my child. Quality control and decision-fatigue can be reduced if you buy this book. It is easy to read, compelling, and the process works. What is love?
   Good book
This has been around for a long time, but it's good reading. It was a page turner for the first half of the book, but I got distracted by other things, but I hope to get back to it.
   Will make you see checklists in a whole new light
The author makes a cogent case about the value of checklists, using examples from medicine, aviation, and construction. It's a quick read, and well-written. You don't need to have a list to appreciate this book. It is a very interesting read on its own merits, as written. Highly recommendable.
   Thoughtful read
The author had a good ability to tell stories. A simple, well-designed list provides structure to the most complex processes. I was interested in the topic, but I didn't think I would like the book. Each time I took a break, I read more.