Kris Kaull: How to stop making stupid mistakes

Combatting the specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of bad decisions when providing emergency medical care


No matter how smart you are, we all work in an environment ripe for stupidity.

Join critical care flight paramedic and Pulsara Chief Marketing Officer, Kris Kaull, BS, NRP, FP-C; and Casey Patrick, MD, FAEMS, assistant medical director for the Montgomery County Hospital District EMS, for a discussion on the specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of stupid decisions when providing emergency medical care. 

Not surprisingly, these risk factors read like an exact job description for a paramedic:

  • Being in a rush
  • Being outside your normal environment
  • Being in the presence of a group
  • Being in the presence of an expert (or being that expert)
  • Tasks that require intense focus
  • Information overload
  • Physical or emotional stress or fatigue

We’ll go through each risk factor and introduce methods to combat them in our daily practice.


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