Expertise and Decision-Making in Emergency Medical Services

Authored by: Stuart Donn

Human Factors and Ergonomics of Prehospital Emergency Care

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781482242515
eBook ISBN: 9781315280172
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In the context of EMS practice, the characteristics identified with the naturalistic decision-making (NDM) enterprise are clearly applicable. Time pressures, high stakes, competing priorities, incomplete information, changing conditions, and vague goals can all be applied to the context in which paramedics operate. Their decision-making is bounded by two broad frameworks: first, situational awareness and, second, patient treatment.

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