We never find checklist on a dead rebreather diver's body!
Dead guys don't have checklists!
Tim Waldo sent us a link to the following video that illustrates, yet again, how important checklists are. In the Mayo Clinic, checklists have improved the outcomes of heart surgery patients. Dr. Simon Mitchell wrote last year in several medical journals about how checklists similarly improved outcomes in his hospital in Auckland, NZ. But there was one other key point in this video that is worth noting. They also improved outcomes when nurses were empowered to speak up if they felt something was wrong. That means changing the culture of the workplace in surgery. That is essentially what I am trying to advocate for our rebreather industry, changing the work ethic and culture of how we use complex equipment.
So the next time you see someone trying to jump in the water without doing their checklist or pre-breathe, or the the next time your buddy wants to dive with an equipment problem, please tell them to take the time to fix it. You may or may not be saving a life that day, but you help influence better behaviors that have been proven to save lives.