Thursday, January 15, 2009

check, check

A study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that "Surgical teams that followed a basic cockpit-style checklist in the operating room, from confirming the patient's name to discussing expected blood loss, reduced the rate of deaths and complications by more than a third,"

That's pretty good. Simple, cost-effective, makes everybody happy.

If it's good enough for pilots and surgeons, we could perhaps consider it for other professions too. Just think if we had it in our government for example...

"Ok, sir, before we make this decision, let me go thru the checklist. Your name and position?"

"George W. Bush, President of the United States of America, and Texas."

"Good, sir. Next - form of government?"

"Decidership?" "Constitutional monarchy?" (thinks) "Oh yeah, yeah, right - a republic."

"Your role, sir?"

"Umm, make laws that I like and invade whoever the hell I want?"

"No sir, you said that yesterday too. Remember sir, the job description says you execute the laws of the country and you are commander in chief, but you have to share power with Congress."

"Dammit, that's not what Dick told me!"



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