The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. The author is a surgeon who makes the case that the more difficult and complicated things are it becomes even more necessary to use simple checklists to do things consistently, correctly, and safely. He gives good recommendations for making and using effective checklists.

He illustrated how checklists are used in the airline industry to make flying safe. Pilots go through checklists when they fly and when there are emergencies (think Capt. Sully). Builders and contractors use checklists to make sure the buildings and skyscrapers they build are safe and all the subcontractors are scheduled in the correct order and communicate with one another to solve problems.

The author states that hospitals should also use checklists to make the complicated procedures they do safe and so they don't forget any of the important steps they must complete.

The author tested and implemented a "Safe Surgery Checklist" in eight World Health Organization Hospitals all over the world and the results were amazing. Complications for surgical patients in all eight hospitals fell by 36%. Deaths fell by 47%. After three months of using the checklist, they had the staff members of the hospitals fill out an anonymous survey. In the beginning, most had been skeptical, but after, 80% said the checklist was easy to use, didn't take long to complete, and improved safety of care. 78% said the checklist had prevented an error in the operating room.

One of the quotes in the book that I enjoyed the most was from this hospital staff survey: "Then we asked the staff one more question. "If you were having an operation, we asked, "would you want the checklist to be used?"

"A full 98% said yes."

The author has tried to get hospitals in the US to adopt this checklist but he has been met with resistance because doctors seem to view themselves as "mavericks" that solve problems on the fly.

This book made me realize how safe flying and buildings are because of checklists. It also made me want to print out the "Safe Surgery Checklist" in case I have to have surgery...but according to this book my surgeon would probably be too proud to use it. :)

Here's a link if you would like to see the "Safe Surgery Checklist"

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Curly Girl Program Review and Results

Here's a photo of my hair.
I bought the book "Curly Girl" by Lorraine Massey and I've been using her sulfate-free DevaCurl products (DevaCurl No-Poo Shampoo and Low-Poo Shampoo,  DevaCurl One Condition, DevaCare Arc AnGEL (gel), or DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam and DevaCurl Set it Free).  You can buy a combo trial pack with all of the products HERE.

Moisture is the KEY! My curls are so much better defined since I've started using her methods and products because they keep moisture in and frizzy hair stays away.  

"Curly Girl" helps you discover your type of curl, from wavy to zigzag, and comes with a DVD that shows you what to do for each type of curl.  The book will tell you how to use small metal hair clips to hold your curls in place and give volume too (here's a video tutorial). 

I knew it was working after I tried the method and products because I received more compliments about my curls in one week than I had in a year.

A GREAT haircut will set your curls FREE!  My hair is layered and cut in a special way that works especially for curls. I went to a hairstylist who is DevaCurl trained to give haircuts like they recommend in Curly Girl. 

My hairstylist has some great photos of curly hair on her website here. You can find a DevaCurl trained stylist here.

It takes me about 10 minutes to wash, condition and put gel in my hair like they recommend in Curly Girl.  I leave in most of the conditioner and I use a lot of gel.  Then I put in small metal hair clips around the front to set the curls in place and give lift while it dries.

Sometimes I gently twist up larger parts on the sides and back and hold them with large plastic clips. After that, I spray it with "Set it Free."  Depending on how much time I have, I either let it air-dry, or I blow-dry with a diffuser on a lower setting so it doesn't disturb the curls.  

Use the Pixie-Curl method to blow dry your hair without frizz.  Here's a video.

I also do what the book says in not washing my hair every day.  It's too drying.  I wash it about every 3 days.  At night I twist and hold my curls with clips in front , then I tip my head over and put it up in a loose pony tail on top of my head with a soft scrunchie.  

To really keep frizz away I wear a silk nightcap.  On the days I don't wash my hair I wear a shower-cap so the moisture from the shower doesn't cause frizz.

Read this blog for a wonderful overview of the Curly Girl program and why you want to use no sulfate or silicones on your hair here.

Here is another blog post from a woman who wrote about her experience trying the "Curly Girl" method and the products she uses here.

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