July 2, 2012
Critical thinking is applying, analyzing, and evaluating all the information gathered by your observations, experience, reasoning, and communication, as a guide to belief and action (The Critical Thinking Community, 1987). Strong-sense critical thinkers are not easily tricked by argumentation and intellectual trickery. A characteristic of critical thinkers is their consistent pursuit of the fair and the just. They are always ethical and willing to listen to arguments of ideas that they do not necessarily hold. They will change their views when faced with better reasoning (Paul & Elder, 2006).
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Within ten miles of the patient’s place of residence, he went into cardiac arrest, and his heart stopped. I made the call to have the ambulance pull over; my partner start and IV line, and I started CPR. We finally revived him within two minutes, so then I made the call to continue our transport to the hospital but in a Code 3, which is with lights and sirens. The patient stayed alert and conscious the rest of the ride, and had no idea that he actually died for a short time in the ambulance. I continued to check his vitals and stay on top of the IV line, to make sure he was not going to have any more issues or go into cardiac arrest again. Upon arriving at the hospital, we turned him over to the doctors and let the hospital staff know exactly what had happened since we first came into contact with the patient, so they could have the best care for him.
I believe that without using my critical thinking from the beginning that this man may not be alive today. If I would have just listened to the patient when he did not...