The Power of the Checklist

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Of all the Lean tools in use throughout industry and health care, procedural checklists have received perhaps the least media attention prior to Atul Gawande’s feature article in The New Yorker on December 10, 2007. Gawande, a respected physician and author, spotlights the remarkable power of checklists to improve the reliability and consistency of medical procedures, and to deliver much improved patient outcomes at lower cost.

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