Volume 2 Chapter 4

  1. Clinical Judgment
    The use of knowledge and experience to diagnose patients and plan their treatment
  2. Field Diagnosis
    Prehospital evaluation of the patient's condition and its causes
  3. Patient Acuity
    • The severity or acuteness of your patient's condition
    • -Critically life-threatening
    • -Potentially life-threatening
    • -Non-life-threatening
  4. Protocol
    Standard that includes general and specific principles for managing certain patient conditions
  5. Standing Orders
    Treatments you can perform before contacting medical direction for permission
  6. Algorithm
    Schematic flowchart that outlines appropriate care for specific signs and symptoms
  7. Decision-Making Requirements
    • Knowing anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
    • Focusing on large amounts of data
    • Organizing information
    • Identifying and dealing with medical ambiguity
    • Differentiation between relevant and irrelevant data
    • Analyzing and comparing similiar situations
    • Explaining decisions and constructing logical arguments
  8. Differential Field Diagnosis
    The list of possible causes of the patient's symptoms
  9. Facilitating Behaviors
    • Stay calm
    • Plan for the worst
    • Work systematically
    • Remain adaptable
  10. Reflective
    Acting thoughtfully, deliberately and analytically
  11. Impulsive
    Acting instinctively without stopping to think
  12. Divergent
    Taking into account all aspects of a complex situation
  13. Convergent
    Focusing on only the most important aspect of a critical situation
  14. Anticipatory
    Anticipating ramifications of actions and trying to prevent them
  15. Reactive
    Taking things as they come
  16. Autonomic Nervous System
    Part of the nervous system that controls involuntary actions
  17. Pseudo-instictive
    Learned actions that are practiced until they can be done without thinking
  18. Mental Checklist
    • Scan the situation
    • Stop and think
    • Decide and act
    • Maintain control
    • Reevaluate
  19. Critical Thinking
    Thought process used to analyze and evaluate
  20. Steps in Critical Decision Making
    • Form a concept
    • Interpret the data
    • Apply the principles
    • Evaluate results
    • Reflect on incident
  21. The Six R's
    • Read the scene
    • Read the patient
    • React
    • Reevaluate
    • Revise your management plan
    • Review your performance
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Volume 2 Chapter 4
Volume 2 Chapter 4