Show Summary Details
Page of

A Critical Thinking Approach to the Unstable Patient 

A Critical Thinking Approach to the Unstable Patient
A Critical Thinking Approach to the Unstable Patient

Mark E. Nunnally

, Arna Banerjee

, and Matthew D. McEvoy

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 June 2021

Several factors unfairly shape the medical community’s approach to crisis. Almost all assertions about adequacy of care are influenced by hindsight bias rather than evidence. Additionally, there is a common misperception that choices are obvious in real time, and that there are simple routes to success and failure. Such factors underscore the truth that clinicians do not think enough about how to think about crises. However, prior to moving toward the specifics of managing any specific perioperative crisis, a framework for how to approach any crisis is needed. Accordingly, this chapter introduces a conceptual map for a critical thinking approach to the unstable patient.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.