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The Checklist Effect

Format: 1 x 45
Available in HD

"Sometimes the greatest achievements in medicine don't involve scientific breakthrough... but common sense and attention to detail"

Both scientific and deeply personal: this award-winning documentary is for anyone who's ever had surgery, or watched someone they love disappear behind those swinging doors. It's a nerve-wracking experience because whereever you are in the world, there's no such thing as a 'routine operation'.

Inspired by surgeon and author Atul Gawande's award winning book The Checklist Manifesto, this film goes into hospitals across Europe, Central America, Asia and Africa to speak to experts, doctors and patients to understand the challenges faced by surgical teams to tackle the global health crisis in surgical safety. At the heart of this battle is The World Health Organisation Surgical Safety Checklist.

Listen to the lament of a past doctor carrying death on his shoulders, meet the mother who has trekked across mountains to risk a better life for her son, and in the intimate space of an operation theatre, hold your breath as the power goes out during a C-section delivery. Every day surgeons are taking life into their hands, and one simple piece of paper is making the difference between life and death.

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