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Decision Making in Paramedic Practice

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    ISBN: 9781859596418

Andy Collen

In this new book, Andy Collen offers a wealth of knowledge about the importance of decision making in healthcare practice to reduce clinical risk and improve outcomes for patients. The text explores the role of the modern paramedic and of the paramedic as a critical thinker. It offers a unique perspective on clinical decision making, highlighting important aspects such as the balance between intuition and experience as well as professional issues. 

Chapters include:

Case studies, scenarios and real life examples
Practice tips and checklists
The latest theory, evidence and research
Discussion of ethical considerations, keeping the correct balance of confidence and competence and how to deal with dilemmas in practice.

It will be essential reading for paramedic students and all ambulance clinicians undertaking continuing professional development.


A timely addition to the literature. Complex decision making is one of the greatest and most far reaching challenges that our profession faces today. Andy Collen’s prepares readers for the next phase in their healthcare practice, and will no doubt appeal to paramedics everywhere.
Andy Newton, College of Paramedics

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Paramedic practice: The changing patient profile in urgent, emergency and critical care
  • Chapter 2: Professional issues 
  • Chapter 3: The evolution of the paramedic as a critical thinker
  • Chapter 4: Decision making theory – human factors, dilemmas and conundrums 
  • Chapter 5: The Garden Path Test: Putting decision making into practice – intuition, hypotheses, and deduction
  • Chapter 6: The Cognitive Continuum – enhancing your decision-making skills
  • Chapter 7: Case based discussion (case studies, reflection, action learning)
  • Glossary
  • References and bibliography 
  • Index

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