Gawande who has incorporated his checklist to his own surgical team, writes about the successes from the simple procedure of planning ahead.
John Murtha died monday from complications from gall-bladder surgery which was preformed on January 28th.
I am not saying that Murtha's death was caused because of negligence of any sort. But I am saying that no matter how routine the surgery, or how many times you have preformed a task, when it comes to life and death, a structured plan to complete the task seems to make a lot of sense.
Your pilot goes through a series of checks before he proceeds to fly a plane, why shouldn't we expect our surgeons to do the same.
Gawande in his own words.