Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival

Thinking Analytically and Using Best Practices Won't Solve Systems Problems

Analytic thinking and best practices are important and appropriate for problems that are orderly, well-structured, and complicated. But, survival from SCA is often disorderly, poorly structured, and a complex systems problem. We argue that only thinking analytically and applying best practices will not solve a systems problem.

Survival from SCA is a Systems Problem That Requires Systems Thinking for Improvement

"Systems thinking" is a way of thinking about complex and systemic problems such as survival from SCA. Design methodologies are ways of solving—or dissolving – systems problems. We argue that the failure to make significant improvement in SCA survival over the past four decades is due in part to the failure to apply systems thinking and design methodologies.