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Are you making a list and checking it twice? Even the very best hardworking professionals in their fields make mistakes.

There are many stories about medical procedures going wrong, yet people continue to see their doctors and book surgeries, trusting that their doctors won’t make mistakes. With the extensive knowledge that medical professionals must carry and apply, it increases the chances of making mistakes now and then. This is also the case for other professions, such as engineers and lawyers.

When we are collecting, analyzing and applying enormous amounts of data, we also become susceptible to making mistakes. For maintenance and reliability professionals, this is a common routine they face daily. With so much information to remember, it is almost nonsensical to expect people to remember every single detail and necessary steps. On the other hand, missing a single step can cause a huge disaster and extensively slow down operations.

“(Checklists) not only offer the possibility of verification but also instill a kind of discipline of higher performance.”- Atul Gawande, MD, “The Checklist Manifesto”

In 2009, a hospital surgery checklist for doctors and nurses was implemented and was designed to ensure basic checks were completed before the patient went into surgery. Although, Atul Gawande, the doctor that introduced the checklist, didn’t expect to see a difference, he was surprised by the results. This was true especially for one case, where a mistake led to a patient in critical need for blood. The checklist ensured that extra blood was prepared before surgery and this ultimately saved a life.

Using a checklist is such a simple solution and yet many people gloss over it. For those in professions where they have to rely on their extensive skills and knowledge, it may almost seem silly to use one. A checklist can save you from possible problems and save time. Ensuring that you are doing everything correctly without missing any steps will make you better at your job, overall increasing productivity, safety and will help you achieve more consistent results.

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Sources:

https://zapier.com/blog/the-checklist-manifesto/

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