The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

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By (author) Atul Gawande, Read by John Bedford Lloyd

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  • Publisher: MACMILLAN AUDIO
  • Format: CD-Audio | 5 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 150mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 5 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1427208980
  • ISBN 13: 9781427208989
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 92,895

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"The""New York Times" bestselling author of "Better" and "Complications" reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklistWe 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'Aineither 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 hospi-tal 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.

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Atul Gawande is the author of "Better" and "Complications." 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 lives with his wife and three children in Newton, Massachusetts. John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of Yale's School of Drama, has appeared in a host of major motion pictures, including "The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, " and "Philadelphia." His television credits include "Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, " and "The West Wing." His critically-acclaimed audiobook narration includes reading for authors such as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others.