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Who’s Checking Mission Control In Your Practice?

Living in the Orlando area we’re very fortunate to be able to get a very close up experience of the US space program. It’s quite a thrill to be able to watch the countdown to a space shuttle launch on the TV and then rush outside the house to actually see the shuttle as it blasts it’s way out of the atmosphere.

But sometimes you have to be a little patient as launches don’t always happen when they’re scheduled to. Last night was one of those occasions when the Delta IV Rocket Launch was scrubbed just 5 seconds before launch. The guy on TV commented on how the launch control center go through dozens of checks to make sure everything is safe to go and this reminded us of how important checklists are in a veterinary practice to ensure that everything is done properly and mistakes are kept to a minimum.

Did you know, for example, that research published in 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that when surgical teams heeded a simple checklist — as pilots do before takeoff — patient-mortality rates were cut nearly in half and complications fell by more than a third!

One of favorite business books, ‘The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right’ By Atul Gawande, explains the subject much better than we can. We loved it and, so far, veterinarians we have recommended it to have told us they do too.

You can get your copy from Amazon by clicking on the one of the links below: