From Knowledge@Wharton: Errors and omis­sions of the most ordi­nary and preventable kind kill thou­sands of patients every year in hospi­tals throughout the devel­oped and devel­oping worlds. A simple solu­tion exists to this problem, argues Atul Gawande in his most recent book, The Check­list Mani­festo: How to Get Things Right. A surgeon and a jour­nalist, Gawande shows just how effec­tive check­lists can be to reduce the damage caused by human falli­bility in indus­tries including medi­cine, construc­tion, avia­tion and others where the work envi­ron­ment depends on compli­cated processes, tech­nology and equip­ment. So why aren’t check­lists used in every oper­ating room and ICU? The answer is simple: In the existing medical estab­lish­ment, too many doctors don’t like to be told what to do. Add one more box to the check­list — the need for cultural change. · Go to Checking Every­thing Off — Except the Resis­tance to Change →