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project management for the things that really matter

Well, what do you know?

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Project management is more than just being about creating the perfect crepe, or a superior bagel buying experience. It’s truly a way to ensure that our actions match our intentions, creating a desired outcome.

Take for example, the physician’s adage, “first do no harm” (primum nil nocere.) This maxim is not directly in the Hippocratic Oath; regardless, it continues to guide us through the modern landscape of care-giving.

The true question is, how to ensure that the key requirement (do no harm) is actually carried out? The medical community is taking a page from project management – and making a checklist.

Over the years, there have been a few studies about this; with recent findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine. (http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMsa0810119)

A 19 item pre / post surgical checklist developed by the World Health Organization can reduce post procedure death rates in developing countries about 50%. (http://www.who.int/patientsafety/safesurgery/en/index.html)

What’s fantastic about this entire effort is that the tool is simple, the results are measurable, and at the end of the day, lives are saved.

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Written by marahrosenberg

15 January 2009 at 11:32 pm

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  1. I’m sometimes embarrassed to go over such lists with others. It feels like if I know what I’m doing then I shouldn’t need one. But I sure as heck want my surgeon to use a list… maybe s/he’s had a bad day or is thinking about something else… going over checklists is important! Forget developing nations, I want MY surgeon and auto mechanic to use them!

    Lee

    16 January 2009 at 11:21 pm

  2. […] you’ll stay alive. What Marah has to say about making lists and going over them. Possibly related posts-Sex News Daily-What are “spices”?-PVPOA Announcements […]


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