Sunday, April 17, 2016

Survival lessons for the Emergency Department

First10EM - April 17, 2016

ED survival lessons First10EM title art
“Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why” by Laurence Gonzales is a book about life and death. It explores disasters – at the top of mountains, in the middle the ocean, in the most remote wilderness – and examines why some people live while others die. Gonzales concludes with book with some advice designed to help readers survive. As I read his advice, I was struck by how applicable it is to the practice of emergency medicine. 
These are his survival lessons, adapted for the ED: 
  1. Take the training that’s available 
  2. Perceive, believe, then act 
  3. Avoid impulse behavior; don’t hurry 
  4. Know your stuff 
  5. Get the information 
  6. Commune with the dead 
  7. Be humble 
  8. When in doubt, bail out 
  9. You have to have a positive mental attitude"