Thursday, 18 April 2013

The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande is a must read for any professional or skilled person.  Not just those in the health sector.  And bloggers could also benefit from it.  The subtitle of the book is "How to Get Things Right".

Don't be put off because the author's a doctor (a surgeon even) – he writes very clearly and does not use esoteric jargon.  The book is compelling and a riveting read.

Highlights for me included:

The chapter on how airlines created effective and short checklists for emergency situations was fascinating.

And amazing as it seems it was proved that simply having surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses introducing themselves to each other by name before starting surgery reduced substantially overall complications in surgery – probably because people who know each other work much better as a team.

This book is a great read – just don't read it just before you have surgery or get on a flight.

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  1. Oh boy on the content and on not reading before surgery or a flight.

    THANKS for sharing and stopping by my post.

    THANKS for fixing up my name on the linky post. I forgot the book title and didn't know how to add it after I submitted my info. :)

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  2. Sounds intriguing, thanks so much for sharing xx

  3. My husband has this one - I must go and search it out and read it.

  4. His checklist approach has definitely permeated the surgical arena. When I had surgery a few years ago, I was struck by the checklists they had prior to the start. If it ensures better quality, I am all for it!


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