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Chapter 13 : Clinical Decision Making As a paramedic you eventually will face your “Moment of Truth” Clinical Judgment - the use of knowledge and experience to diagnose patients and plan their treatment. Field diagnosis - prehospital evaluation of the patient’s condition and its cause. Acuity- the severity or acuteness of the patient’s condition. Classes of Patient Acuity, by Prioity 1. Critically life-threatening 2. Potentially life-threatening 3. Non-life-threatening/stable Protocol - standard that includes general and specific principles for managing certain patient conditions. Standing Orders - treatments you can perform before contacting the medical control physician for permission. Algorithm - schematic flow chart that outlines appropriate care for specific signs and
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Unformatted text preview: symptoms. Critical thinking- thought process used to analyze and evaluate. Reflective Vs. Impulsive Reflective- acting thoughtfully deliberately, and analytically Impulsive- acting instinctively without stopping to think Divergent vs. Convergent Divergent- taking into account all aspects of a complex situation. Convergent- focusing on only the most important aspect of a critical situation. Anticipatory vs. Reactive 1. Anticipatory- Desirable 2. Reactive The 6 Rs 1. R ead the scene 2. R ead the patient 3. R eact 4. R eevaluate 5. R evise the management plan 6. R eview your performance...
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