The Checklist Manifesto

How to Get Things Right

Atul Gawande, read by John Bedford Lloyd

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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 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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How to Perform the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist

Atul Gawande and his team demonstrate how to properly use the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist.

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How NOT to Perform the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist

Atul Gawande and his team demonstrate how NOT to use the WHO Safe Surgery Checklist.

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Atul Gawande's 'Checklist' For Surgery Success : NPR
The surgeon and writer talks about the massively complicated process of keeping patients alive and shares his simple solution for how that process might be streamlined. Gawande's newest book is called The Checklist Manifesto.
- NPR

Top surgeon Atul Gawande urges doctors to use 'The Checklist' - USATODAY.com
Harvard Medical School's Atul Gawande has written a book about how a simple checklist -- much like the ones pilots use -- can save lives.
- USA Today


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Atul Gawande, read by John Bedford Lloyd

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.

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The Checklist Manifesto
How to Get Things Right
Atul Gawande, read by John Bedford Lloyd

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
January 2010
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427208989
ISBN10: 1427208980
5 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches, Audio Run Time: 6:30
$29.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
December 2009
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427208996
ISBN10: 1427208999
Audio Run Time: 6:30
$17.99

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
December 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805091748
ISBN10: 0805091742
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$27.00

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Trade Paperback
Picador
January 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312430009
ISBN10: 0312430000
5 1/2 x 8.25 inches, 240 pages
$16.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Metropolitan Books
April 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429953382
ISBN10: 1429953381
224 pages
$9.99
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