The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande The world is becoming increasingly complex, and even experts are unable to master all tasks. Although both training and technological advances are improving, neither seems to be preventing grave errors. A checklist provides a hopeful solution for the acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande. Developed by the United States decades ago. Checklists have allowed pilots to fly aircraft with mind-blowing sophistication in the Air Force. Innovative checklists are now being adopted in hospitals worldwide, assisting doctors and nurses in responding to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. A 90-second variant in surgery can reduce fatalities by more than a third, despite its immense complexity. In a series of riveting stories, Gawande describes how an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent a half-hour underwater, and how a sanitation checklist virtually eliminated an infection among intensive care patients. In his book, he explains how checklists can encourage striking and immediate improvements. Moreover, he traces the checklist revolution out into fields far beyond medicine, including homeland security, investment banking, and skyscraper construction. A book that makes a tremendous difference in how people live and work, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone hoping to do things right.