Decision Making Fatigue

Brandon Otto from EMS Basics has excellent article about decision making fatigue in the May issue of EMS World.  Everyone in EMS experiences this at some point, and he has provides valuable information about what causes impaired decision making and how to prevent it.

One thing I’ve used when functioning below 100% is a quick time-out.  When I’m tempted to minimize a patient’s complaint, not do an ECG, or release a patient to a BLS unit, I stop and ask if that decision is influenced by being tired, hungry, of getting out late.  Usually I end up doing a little extra after the time out.

Check out Brandon’s article here, it is well worth your time.


  1. Thanks Bob! Link is broken I think though — there’s an extra HTTP in there.

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