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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Written by Atul Gawande

Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd


The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

Written by Atul Gawande

Narrated by John Bedford Lloyd

ratings:
4.5/5 (272 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Dec 22, 2009
ISBN:
9781427208996
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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 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.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Dec 22, 2009
ISBN:
9781427208996
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Atul Gawande is the author of several bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better; The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Founder and Chair of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He is also chair of Haven, where he was CEO from 2018-2020. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.



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  • (4/5)
    Great examples across multiple industries about how using checklists can avert failure.
  • (5/5)
    Great insight on why checklists are such a wonderful tool in our lives!! I’m convinced!!:)
  • (5/5)
    Attention high performers & leaders! Enthralling & important. Must Read!
  • (5/5)
    Interesting read filled with practical knowledge ordinary people can use
  • (5/5)
    This is a great book. It doesn't tell you how to write a checklist, rather it shares many amazing stories of where the use of a checklist made all the difference. It is quite remarkable that such a simple tool can make the difference between life and death.
  • (5/5)
    Very well written and narrated. Worth the time to listen.
    Recommend!!