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.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survival
"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.
Imagine that you have the task of designing a completely new adult CPR/AED program, something that would be used by everyone in the general community including the workplace. What would you design if given this opportunity? What characteristics would your ideal course have?