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‘A series of unfortunate events’: The danger of bias cascade in EMS

Like a ripple effect, one mistake or incorrect assumption can lead to increased negative outcomes for the patient

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“Sometimes we make a decision, and it snowballs.” Our cohosts get vulnerable on this episode of the Inside EMS podcast, sharing times in their career when they suffered from cascade bias – using incorrect supplied or assumed information, which led to mistakes that compounded to the detriment of the patient. Have you experienced this in your career?

Plus, we dig into all this:

  • How to enhance your decision-making skills during times of uncertainty
  • Which U.S. Air Force acronym can help with bias reassessment
  • How experience can work against providers when it comes to bias

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