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Medical advances

Published Sun 11 January 2009 23:18 (+1300)
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Nat Torkington: linked to a ‘Annals of Medicine’ article in New Yorker which is fascinating for two reasons, firstly for the amazing stories of (for example) reanimating people after they've been underwater with heart and lungs stopped for quite some time – but secondly for the discussion of saving a substantial number of lives using a simple and nearly free technology, once thought unnecessary, used first to greatly improve the fatality rate in military aviation, but still meeting considerable resistance (I suspect partly due to the fact that no-one makes any money off it). The technology? Checklists.