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Top surgeon Atul Gawande urges doctors to use checklist

USA Today, January 27, 2010

Surgeon Atul Gawande, who teaches at Harvard Medical School, says medicine today is so complex that even the sharpest doctors can no longer keep everything they need to know in their heads. Only about half of heart attack patients, for example, get the best care within the recommended time window, Gawande says. But help can come from a checklist, much like one routinely used by pilots before every flight, Gawande told USA Today.