The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

by Atul Gawande
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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429953382
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 37,867
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Atul Gawande is the author of Better and Complications, a National Book Award finalist. He is also a MacArthur Fellow, a general surgeon at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He served as a senior health policy advisor in the Clinton presidential campaign and White House from 1992 to 1993. He received his B.A.S. from Stanford University, M.A. in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts.



Atul Gawande is author of three bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon.com as one of the ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. 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 Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.

Hometown:

Newton, Massachusetts

Date of Birth:

November 5, 1965

Place of Birth:

Brooklyn, New York

Education:

B.A.S., Stanford University, 1987; M.A., Oxford University, 1989; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1995

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Mike_Cummings More than 1 year ago
Like his colleague at the New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell, Gawande has the ability to write about material that could easily be boring (in the hands of a less gifted author) in a way that is clear, engaging, and thought-provoking, without ever being condescending. This serves him well in this book, whose general topic is that most professions (his is medicine) have been overwhelmed by complexity. We have trouble getting things right, because the volume of knowledge we've created has overwhelmed our ability as individuals to follow through. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 is another book that has been really helpful in my work of late. It has a wonderful process for increasing your EQ, and improving communication between coworkers.
Medic More than 1 year ago
This is a "easy read" book (good writing, not very technical) that I found enjoyable and interesting. As a "manifesto," it lays out the arguments for using checklists. The author does provide some interesting history about the development of checklists (esp. aircraft flight checklists). So: checklists can be a benefit. However, the author doesn't really provide the next step. There is a science to the development and implementation of checklists. It would have been nice to have a clearer sense of how to proceed (dare I say a checklist?) and a list of resources (the chapters do have good endnotes but that's not the same).
mundo More than 1 year ago
Anyone owning a business or all professional managers will benefit from reading Atul's book, as it may cause you, and your people, to think about how to improve the management of your business. His ideas are applicable to any industry or profession.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My EP recommended this book during a discussiin we had about my two recent hospitalizations. Knowing that he read it, and was, hopefully, using checklists in his surgical procedures has motivated me to devise my own checklist of questions for my doctors to use for future procedures and assessing potential physicians and surgeons. Number one will be "do you use surgical checklists?" If not, I will probably find another doctor. It's that big of a deal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A self-help book, quite literally. Author shows how to make a job easier(in most cases), and more mistake-free by breaking it down into smaller pieces and checklisting those pieces. Perform those steps one by one on the list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for physicians of all levels from medical students to those in practice and even those ready to retire. I sent it to my uncle an engineer who was very fascinated. It is organized.The examples are stories in and of themselves. I Will reread this book my times and give it as gifts to all my friends and colleagues in the medical profession
Shanavi More than 1 year ago
Interesting, very well written, compelling fast read. Highly recommended to anyone in health care and anyone using health care. Should be required reading. Checklist Manifesto is one of the most import books written for health care in recent years. Its value may seem subtle in that it defends and shows the process for implementing a simple surgery checklist, but saving lives and catching medical errors with a checklist makes it profound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, this book is well written, but enough already. Gawande isn't doing most of this stuff himself - he is telling stories of others and sometimes he comes off as quite pompous. Many other fields in medicine have been using checklists to promote patient safety since the 1970s. Somehow Gawande passes this idea off as his own and it isn't.
Katherine Hewey More than 1 year ago
This book was buetifully written and now I can stop thinking about checklist. The author brings something as simple as a checklist to life with amazing examples of intense situations, showing how displine can calm some of the most dire situations and prevent error in one way processes. I'm not just an engineering nerd this book was sick
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Gawande has written three excellent books. This most recent one can save many, many lives and reduce complications and errors with medical procedures. Its implications extend to other fields as well. It is a wonderful book, clear and compelling...except perhaps for the most blockheaded.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some people may not be enamored with the stories and examples but the author's message is on point. We need to continually utilize checklists and whatever means are available to reduce risk in an increasingly complex world. It's in everyone's best interest to calculate risk, reduce it when possible and execute with precision. A surgeon is as good a person to tell that story as anyone.
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DoranneLongPTMS More than 1 year ago
Check, check, and double-check, and not only with our own medical care, i.e. you are the right patient, getting the right treatment/procedure, on the correct part of your body. Check lists can help us proceed in many arenas. In addition, Atul emphasizes the importance of communication and team-work as we work with overwhelming amounts of information and resources.
Victoris More than 1 year ago
This book was required for  one of my grad courses.  I enjoyed reading it.  
Angi_Simon More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to establish good habits.
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