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Mark Leighton Fisher (4252)

Mark Leighton Fisher
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I am a Systems Engineer at Regenstrief Institute []. I also own Fisher's Creek Consulting [].
Friday November 13, 2009
11:56 AM

Checklists, Recipes and Algorithms

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Checklists, Recipes and Algorithms draws from medicine, cooking, and programming to make the point that sometimes you just need to write down what you are going to do. You don't want to impose too much structure (that way lies spending a week to write a 2-line program (see analysis paralysis)), but you do need structure -- and explicit structure is easier to get right because it is easier to analyze.

(The Cardiac Arrest algorithm in the article is especially nicely presented.)

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  • Hey Mark - Thanks for the link back to my blog post. Checklists (without analysis paralysis) can be quite helpful indeed. As for the Algorithm, I wish I could take credit. That is from the AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support website. Works in the field, though :-) They even let docs and nurses sometimes test "open book" when taking the ACLS exams. Why? Because the actual booklets are part of their care.