Put on by the Center for Complexity at RISD
Funded by Infosys
The rules for how the world is supposed to work are being re-written. Nowhere is this more apparent than in emergency rooms across the country and around the world. The challenges of how clinical staff approach decision-making under extreme conditions of uncertainty and complexity have never been more relevant.
CfC asked front-line practitioners to offer their reflections and analysis to the frame: 21st Century Structures of Care - How Should Emergency Medicine Transition from Covid? The six contributions here represent a breadth of experiences from professional care providers working amidst the pandemic.
These unique insights, powerfully delivered, begin to expose the ecology of issues and dependencies; the vulnerabilities and strengths exposed by what Dr. Gina Siddiqui describes as the “complex global phenomena” that is Covid-19. Collectively, they function as a scaffold for this moment -- different perspectives brought together to reveal the relationships among the parts.
The practitioners whose work is presented here were given the freedom to write consistent with their front-line experience and expertise. As creative practitioners interested in systems issues and operating at the edges, we asked the contributors to consider the following as they wrote:
CfC Guiding Principles
the gap between expectations and reality
the mental models which limit the range of questions asked
and decisions made
training for emergency medicine
culture of emergency medicine -- managing uncertainty, the role
of emotions in decision-making, communicating effectively, wrestling with moral conflict, collaborating with team members, making sense
of clinical guidelines and norms against imperfect information, balancing provider and patient well-being, and navigating the hazards and constraints of the clinical environments.
complex spaces for effectively delivering emergency care
pressures and factors external to ER which impact care such as economy, structures of government, psychological and environmental factors
CfC Guiding Questions to identify the nature of existing conditions
in Emergency Medicine:
What is signal and what is noise, and how to distinguish between them?
What should be kept and what should be discarded?
What should be repurposed and what should continue as is?
What should be prioritized and what should be ignored?
What things become important and what things become obsolete?
CfC aspires to develop new insights and knowledge in complex systems, and enable people to apply that knowledge in their practice. We look forward to building pathways of collaboration to work towards strategic improvement. Email Us Your Thoughts
What is the Purpose
of Emergency Departments?
Gina Siddiqui — MD, Yale Department of Emergency Medicine; NYC Health + Hospitals
Divya K. Chhabra — MD, Child Psychiatry Fellow in NYC; SAMHSA Minority
Orienteering in the Moral Landscape
Wendy Dean—MD, psychiatrist; co-founder and CEO of Non-Profit Moral Injury of Healthcare
Wilderness Medicine and Complexity: Gaining Perspective
N. Stuart Harris—MD, MFA, FRCP Edin.
Chief, Division of Wilderness Medicine, MGH Department of Emergency Medicine.
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Can Emergency Medicine and Palliative Care Co-Exist in the American Healthcare System post Covid-19?
Jaclyn O’Halloran—RN BSN
The Pandemic Pause:
Redesigning “Do No Harm.”
Jay Baruch—MD, Associate Professor Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University; Director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration