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The Checklist Manifesto

Monday, February 15, 2010

Atul Gawande, general surgeon at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, staff writer for The New Yorker, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, explains how more training and advanced technologies don’t seem to prevent experts from making costly mistakes, but a simple checklist can. His new book, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right looks at how innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world and how the checklist revolution can expand into fields beyond medicine.

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Atul Gawande

Comments [2]

L.M. from New York

"Ignorance used to be the problem, but now knowledge is" ?

No not the slightest bit.

People are still ignorant. They are misapplying the knowledge that exists.

There is no evidence that there is too much knowledge or that there can be too much knowledge.

People have a long way to go.

Feb. 15 2010 12:59 PM
baba from Brooklyn

What is appalling is that doctors are taught from day one in their teachings on how to avoid the spread of infections.
One would be made to think that by default doctors and nurses would follow the rules/teachings to minimize infections from being transmitted.What Atul Gawande is writing or speaking about should not be something shocking/awe inspiring. Things like keeping hands clean, using sterile practices etc etc. Why doctors don't follow is cuz they seem to have huge ego's and have an innate inability like bankers to never own up to mistakes or lack of knowledge they may have.

Feb. 15 2010 12:25 PM

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