Surgical checklists save lives—but once in a while, they don't. Why?
Checklists can coordinate action and communication to augment safety, but human and system factors may hinder their effectiveness. This magazine article reports on how the checklist phenomenon evolved into a global patient safety effort and spotlights the impact of human behavior on reliable implementation of checklist programs in different care environments.
Mukherjee S. New York Times Magazine. May 9, 2018.