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*This episode originally aired on January 4th, 2010.
When surgeon and author Atul Gawande was asked to lead a global project for the World Health Organization, his charge was simple: find ways to reduce deaths and complications in surgery. Gawande researched a variety of fields and professions in his search for answers and found a humble, powerful tool, that when employed with care and diligence can save lives. No fancy new technology, just a checklist.
In his new book, The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right, Atul Gawande explores how an increasinlgy complex world has made commonplace the occurance of avoidable failures. The solution, he says, is surprisingly simple.
*Atul Gawande will be in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, January 8th. He'll give a talk hosted by RJ Julia Booksellers at The Study at Yale. 1157 Chapel Street, 7pm.