Error-proofing: Part 1

Most everybody recognizes that health care providers – nurses, paramedics, physicians, and other practitioners – ought to be in top form when they’re on the job.

But here’s a fact of life most everybody also knows. Human beings cannot always be in top form.

Unlike most other professions, in health care practice the stakes are so high that tolerance for error is zero. That’s even though, as a health care provider, you must make quick assessments and decisions in high-pressure environments, and even though no human being can be at an optimum level all the time.

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Enhancing healthcare practitioners cue recognition: Part 2

Deliberate practice and mastery learning

Mere practice (repeating an activity) does not necessarily improve performance. In fact, practice by itself, without external guidance, may even result in reinforcing poor performance!

Deliberate practice is an evidence-based method “grounded in information processing and behavioural theories of skill acquisition and maintenance” developed by learning psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, an icon of peak performance.

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Enhancing healthcare practitioner cue recognition: Part 1

Improving assessment and diagnosis in a high-stress environment: pattern recognition

The risk of medical error begins within the first few minutes of patient contact: assessment and diagnosis in a high-stress environment. The most common type of medical error is an error of diagnosis.

We know about factors that contribute to error (chaotic environments, high mental workload, distraction, fear, time constraints, etc.) – but what do we know about factors that contribute to expert diagnostic performance?

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