In our work on the Kansas EMS transition curriculum project, we’ve been creating media and activities. As an outsider to EMS, I was struck late yesterday with a decision tree that is used to think critically about medication delivery. It has “five rights” or things that must be true in order for the medication to be given:
- Right patient?
- Right medication?
- Right dose?
- Right route?
- Right time?
I am considering how these critical thinking questions can be translated into an organization’s or individual’s decision making process:
- Is this the right person? Team? Client?
- Is this the right action? Process? Intervention?
- Is this action in proportion to the situation?
- Is this the right course? Means? Direction?
- Is this the right time?
The other reflection is how often I assume information doesn’t apply to me. I can quickly jump to the conclusion that a process used everyday by EMS providers doesn’t impact me. Yet every moment is an opportunity to actively engage in learning. All that’s required is that I reflect on my encounters with information, people, and organizations – seeking to learn and integrate my experiences.
What are the opportunities you have to reflect and integrate?