Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Books: Hyperbaric Facility Safety? Check.

HBOT operators, manufacturers, and technicians should be delighted to see Hyperbaric Facility Safety (Wilbur Workman, ed, Best Publishing, 2000, 754 pgs, US$129) back in print. Flip through the table of contents on Amazon and you'll see Workman's thorough, practical approach to the subject and his appreciation for international regulations and practices. We're apt to trust the reviewers who say this primer belongs in the library of every hyperbaric unit everywhere. Order direct at or telephone +1 928 527 1055 before 31 March if you want to grab it for $99.

And speaking of safety, we've been enjoying The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Macmillan, 2009, 224 pgs, US$24.50), the surprise bestseller by surgeon Atul Gawande. Why did it take a MacArthur genius to come up with such basic stuff? It's a disarmingly simple idea for a complex world, and one that rings true looking back on our own experiences in medicine, pharmacy, manufacturing, communications, aviation, sailing, and information systems. Visit the author's website for bonus reviews by Malcolm Gladwell and Steven Levitt (the Freakonomics guy) plus terrific samples of actual checklists.

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