|Publisher:||St Martins Pr|
|Publish Date:||Jan 2011|
|Number of Pages:||215|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.48|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.25 x 8.25 x 0.75|
|The Problem of Extreme Complexity||p. 15|
|The Checklist||p. 32|
|The End of the Master Builder||p. 48|
|The Idea||p. 72|
|The First Try||p. 86|
|The Checklist Factory||p. 114|
|The Test||p. 136|
|The Hero in the Age of Checklists||p. 158|
|The Save||p. 187|
|Appendix: Example Checklists||p. 195|
|Notes on Sources||p. 201|
According to the latest World Health Organization international classification of diseases, some 6000 drugs and 4000 medical and surgical procedures are now available to clinicians to manage more than 13,000 diseases and syndromes. Delivering the benefits of all this specialized training and knowledge correctly, safely, and reliably has not been easy. As in his earlier works Complications and Better [LINKS??], Gawande's recurring themes here are the complexity and the imperfections of modern medicine, as well as the ever-present need to strive to do better.
He fixes readers' attention on gripping medical stories while building the case for a manageable, sophisticated and yet simple solution to the human, sometimes life-threatening fallibilities that on occasion bring near disaster or worse to a sugi cal procedure. His answer to tense medical situations where unpredictability reigns: the checklist. In stories from fields as diverse as medicine, aviation, and construction, Gawande persuasively aru ges how a diligently applied, studiously produced checklist strategy saves lives. In the last chapter, he shares how the checklist prevented a loss in one of his own surgeries.
Verdict: The author's many fans will enjoy revisiting his leitmotiv of improving human endeavor.
[See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/09.] - James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York
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A New York Times Bestseller
In his latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.
The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industry—in almost every realm of organized activity. And the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of knowledge today has exceeded our ability as individuals to properly deliver it to people—consistently, correctly, safely. We train longer, specialize more, use ever-advancing technologies, and still we fail. Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument that we can do better, using the simplest of methods: the checklist.
In riveting stories, he reveals what checklists can do, what they can’t, and how they could bring about striking improvements in a variety of fields, from medicine and disaster recovery to professions and businesses of all kinds. And the insights are making a difference. Already, a simple surgical checklist from the World Health Organization designed by following the ideas described here has been adopted in more than twenty countries as a standard for care and has been heralded as “the biggest clinical invention in thirty years” ( The Independent).
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