Medical errors are commonplace, but with so much at stake and a technically-advanced field, they shouldn’t be. In his newest book, Dr. Gawande explores a wide variety of industries and finds a common mistake-deterrent: the checklist. Applying a simple checklist for surgery—is this the right patient? What are their allergies?—has been shown to dramatically reduce deaths and complications. Is the checklist the simple silver bullet for medical errors? And could it have larger implications for healthcare reform?
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