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Some of the most highly trained and respected professionals in the world rely on the humble checklist to keep them organized and out of trouble. Tremendous advances in scientific knowledge now overwhelm practitioners in many fields – to the point that they make regular but frequently avoidable mistakes. Boston-based surgeon Atul Gawande chronicles how his research into the aviation, construction and investment industries helped shape the World Health Organization’s production of a two-minute, 19-point surgical checklist that has saved countless lives worldwide. While not designed to be a how-to manual, Gawande’s book provides sample checklists, instructive examples and plenty of food for thought about how to create and fine-tune checklists that fit your job and your organization’s mission. getAbstract prescribes this eye-opening report to anyone responsible for complex tasks or for the lives of others and particularly to readers who plan to check into a hospital anytime soon.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How modern checklists came into being,
  • How good checklists can help improve your work and
  • Why the diligent use of checklists makes life safer.

About the Author

Atul Gawande is a MacArthur Fellow, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.



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    Julie Smith 11 months ago
    fantastic book and a great summary to inspire you to read more - its not the complex that goes wrong it is the simple things that get overlooked - read everything by Atul Gwande if you are inspired by this
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    Greg Groenmeyer 3 years ago
    Great summary. This approach had a huge impact on our effectiveness and knowledge transfer.
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    leonardo escobar 5 years ago
    All people should use these guidelines to improve results avoiding known mistakes and gaining efficiency. Great for its simplicity and practical approach.
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    Patrick Brigger 5 years ago
    Great read!

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