Analysis Of Slow Ideas By Gawande

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In the essay “Slow Ideas”, Gawande talks about multiple ideas that were slow to be noticed and used more commonly. These examples include anesthesia, sepsis, child birth, and cholera. At the beginning, Gawande says, “This has been the pattern of many important but stalled ideas. They attack problems that are big but, to most people, invisible and making their work can be tedious…”(364). This quote shows how Gawande believes that the problems people are trying to push innovation for are too big for people to handle and consider the change that was influenced. Gawande believes that part of the problem is that the solutions aren’t adaptable to people who don’t have the resources and isn’t easy for people to start changing their ways for. Gawande …show more content…
Gawande talks about how in India a lot of children die due to the lack of education from nurses and from lack of technology as well. Many of the solutions that would help countries like India are too expensive to invest in and change the ways they were taught to perform. As Gawande says on page 367, “Getting hospitals and birth attendants to carry out even a few of the tasks required for safer childbirth would save thousands of lives…”(367). In this quote, Gawande believes that the main reason children have been dying, soon after birth, is because the nurses were not successfully trained to use the technology they have in India and save kids from death. He believes that a main problem is that these people don’t adapt to the new found actions that can be performed to save children because they can’t practice them with the technology and are not easy to switch their methods after they learned it one way. As Gawande says on page 367, “The most common approach to changing behavior is to say to people, “Please do X,” (367). In this quote Gawande shows that to try to change people’s ways is by asking them to try these new tasks, but as he says before it is not as easy as it sounds because a lot of people don’t feel comfortable changing their routines and risk it not working …show more content…
In the example of child birth, Gawande talks about how a lot of the problem with the solution not spreading is that a lot of the hospitals that don’t use the solution are understaffed (366). Also if the nurses were informed they didn’t trust the source enough to change the ways they did the techniques (369). This does not fit the pattern that Gawande states in the beginning because the problem he believed it was because of the nurses and doctors being educated about the solution, but instead it was the amount of nurses and doctors available to help and those doctors didn’t have the time to perform the solution correctly because they had other patients to attend. In the case of cholera, the thing that didn’t fit into Gawande’s beginning statements is that the problem was not only the information they were presenting, but how they were presenting it. On page 372, Gawande says, “Coaxing villagers to make the solution with their own hands and explain the messages in their own words while a trainer observed and guided them, achieved far more than any public-service ad or instructional video could have done” (372). This quote shows how it wasn’t the problem of the information being shown being too complicated, it was more about how they presented it. With the citizens being semi-literate it was hard for them to learn through promotional videos rather than people

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