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The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
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May 18, 12

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This is a gem of a book - I had been dismissive of the utility of checklists for professionals, but this book helped me look at the idea differently. Rather than being an impediment to creative practitioners, well-written checklists allow professionals to focus on the aspects of procedures and processes that require full attention, by providing a memory aid for the aspects that don't require detailed consideration (a doctor shouldn't have to reason out the need for scrubbing in for each surgery); a checklist also prevents oversights from occurring - which can happen to the best of us.

I read this book a few years back just a few weeks before I went through surgery myself - and before I went under, I asked the nurse whether they were using a checklist (and was happy to hear that they were).
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