Checklists… one of the simplest methods of organization. In a world with exponential growth of complex products, ideas, processes, and professions, the importance of something so minute seems infinitesimal. Yet, Atul Gawande demonstrates how the simplest of solutions can lead to dramatic results. This book explains how checklists can benefit someone undertaking any endeavor, with a specific regard to it’s much-needed use in medicine. Numerous stories are provided to substantiate the drastic effects of using checklists, and the evidence is so compelling it’s hard not to feel like you should adopt a checklist in aspect of your life immediately.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to all readers, not just medical students and physicians. The techniques employed with a simple checklist can help various areas of specialty, and several fields are discussed throughout the book. As the book discusses, we have tendencies to avoid seemingly mundane tasks such as checklists, but the use of them can drastically change lives. In my opinion, this should be required reading for all medical professionals.