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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Unabridged)

by Atul Gawande

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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.

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Informative and Educational

This is a terrific book. Filled with pertinent case studies and examples of checklists in many industries. The author is experienced and informative. Great read!

Interesting stories---good sales pitch for checklists---that's all

If the medical community is so poorly able to consistantly standardize the easy, low hanging fruit ready for improvement (as illustrated by this book), then it needs to go back a couple of decades and read the Total Quality Management liturature as well as Six Sigma writings along with Lean concepts. Nice book, entertaining and perhaps even motivating----of no practical value in to mind beyond.

The Checklist Manifesto

I have listened to the book. I have not read it, but I now plan to purchase the hardcover edition. There are currently numerous top quality non-fiction writers, and Atul Gawande has to be near the top of the list. This is a very well written book. My opinion is that this book should be considered for a Pulitzer Prize, and if the author does not win with this effort, certainly there will be such an award in his future.

Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Published: 2009
  • Category: Business
  • Provider: Macmillan Audio
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