FLASHING RED LIGHTS
“Help, help!” cried the little girl, “ my mommy is on the floor and she’s not breathing.” The 911 dispatcher tried to calm the little girl. She told her that everything is going to be ok and that the paramedics were on their way. As soon as the paramedics arrived they quickly took control of the situation without a moment to spare. In no time little Jessica’s mommy was breathing again. Critical thinking is a tool that is used in everyday life. Critical thinking doesn’t always happen when you’re reading, it happens everyday on the job. A critical thinker is defined as someone who is a self-motivated leader who is inquisitive and eager to learn more by being open-minded. Elements put to use when critical thinking are interpretation, analysis, and evaluation. A critical thinker is someone who evaluates rather than assumes. Critical thinking is a process that requires time, patience, and diligence. One person that I believe displays all of these techniques when saving people’s lives is Adam Hect an EMT (emergency medical technician). The four characteristics that Adam displays in order to be classified as a critical thinker are knowledge, analysis, evaluation, and application.
Knowledge is the first important step when critical thinking. Knowledge is the identification and recall of information. It is the who, what, when, where, and how. Knowledge is important to Adam and his job because knowledge is what he bases his decisions on. When Jessica’s mommy was on the ground and not breathing Adam knew to give her CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). Without Adam’s knowledge he would have had no idea of how to get Jessica’s mom to breathe again. Not only is knowledge an important skill in everyday life but an important skill when critical thinking on the job. Knowledge leads to many other qualities that are needed for critical thinking such as analysis.
Analysis is an examination of ...