The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Tuesday, 05 January 2010]

Written in blood

Sometimes medical professionals frighten Nic.

NPR had an interesting story this morning about Atul Gawande, a surgeon who is recommending other surgeons start using checklists in their practice.

To which my horrified response was: THEY’RE NOT ALREADY?

The sheer arrogance of rolling in to perform a complex procedure in which the tiniest detail can mean literally the difference between life and death, and to think you are so flawless you don’t need a checklist, is stunning.

Especially when you’re supposed to perform this complicated procedure under high stress and often severely sleep deprived.

Seriously, there are reasons pilots use checklists, reasons written in blood.

« Naked and sedated

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