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—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 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 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 reading for anyone working to
get things right.
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