Checklists Have Value for Clinical Anesthesia

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande (ISBN 0312430000)

We tend not to like checklists in anesthesia; with the possible exception of the anesthesia machine checklist in which case most of us have memorized our own version. But checklists do have value. They help us not to forget something we "always" do, but sometimes miss when we are in the 23rd hour of a busy 24 hour in house call. Checklists don't have to be "make - work" or useless paperwork – and they shouldn't be.

Checklists can be the key to providing complex care without missing a single step.

Checklists can be the key to providing complex care without missing a single step. Checklists can be a key to long, complex, involved care by multiple providers over many hours without everyone thinking that "someone else already took care of that" when, in fact, no one has.  This book, written by a surgeon, explains how to use checklists effectively if you already believe in them and explains the power of checklists if you don't yet believe in them. I highly recommend "The Checklist Manifesto" to all CRNAs, Anesthesiologists, and anesthesia administrators.

Michael A. Fiedler, PhD, CRNA