Mental Processes in Emergency Medicine
In Chap. 2 of this book, we discuss that cognitive schemas determine what are the information elements that must be processed with more or less effort. Chapter 3 builds forth on that notion: the more developed and automated our cognitive schemas about a particular type of problem, the easier we can recognise problem states and possible solutions. This allows us to process routine information such as fixed procedures with less effort so that we have more working memory capacity available for what needs to be processed with more effort. This chapter applies these principles to emergency medicine. Emergency medicine involves people working in teams to assist those in need of immediate medical attention. Those who work in an emergency medicine department have to make rapid decisions under time pressure, stress and uncertainty as well as manage teamwork and organisational processes. This chapter focuses on the mental processes employed by emergency medicine practitioners when doing their work.
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