Using the Data/Information/Knowledge/Wisdom Continuum


Usingthe Data/Information/Knowledge/Wisdom Continuum


Thecontinuum of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom is critical inunderstanding a given piece of information that is not known. In thisassignment, the clinical question to be covered entails what thecauses of sudden cardiac arrest are. In this regard, the continuum ofdata, information, knowledge, and wisdom will be followed.

Suddencardiac arrest entails a condition, where the heart unexpectedly andsuddenly stops beating (Weiss &amp Daoud, 2011). In case thishappens, blood does not flow to the brain and other important organs.Sudden cardiac arrest leads to death in case it is not treated withintime. In last summer, a family friend (Joel) died. Uponinvestigations, doctors that were treating him pointed out that thecause of the death was cardiac arrest. Although this could be thecause of death, no one had ever imagined that Joel would die ofcardiac arrest. Prior to Joel’s death, he looked healthy and hadspent the entire day attending to his chores. His death madedifferent people question the factors that cause cardiac arrest sincethey were amazed by the sudden death of Joel. Therefore, the clinicalquestion that would be covered in this report entails what causescardiac arrest?

WhatI currently know concerning the sudden cardiac arrest is that it ismay lead to a sudden death in case a patient does not receiveimmediate care. I also understand that a person that has suddencardiac arrest can be saved by bystanders through the use of adefibrillator a defibrillator is a device, which sends electricshock to the heart in order to restore the heart to its normal rhythm(Eisenberg, 2009). Apart from this information, I also haveinformation that coronary artery disease is a risk factor for suddencardiac arrest a person that has coronary artery disease has a highprobability of suffering a sudden cardiac arrest because the arteriesare usually clogged with cholesterol, which reduce the flow of bloodto the heart.

WhatI will need in order to answer the clinical question underconsideration entails what other risk factors are associated with thesudden cardiac arrest apart from the coronary artery disease. Thiswill help to understand the causes of the condition better becausethe analysis of the risk factors would offer a better understandingof what can result in a person having sudden cardiac arrest.

Thecontinuum of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom

Data:certain conditions and diseases can cause electrical problems, whichleads to sudden cardiac arrest.

Information:in case a condition or a disease can cause electrical problems to theheart, then the condition or the disease would be a probable cause ofsudden cardiac arrest.

Knowledge:sudden cardiac arrest can occur in case the rate of the electricalsignals of the heart becomes very slow and stops. Besides, suddencardiac arrest can occur in case the heart muscle does not respond tothe electrical signals of the heart.

Wisdom:causes of sudden cardiac arrest are conditions and diseases thatcause electrical problems to the heart electrical problems to theheart would cause problems in blood flow, which would automaticallyresult to a sudden cardiac arrest.

Inresearching the clinical question under consideration, I wouldconsider searching for conditions and diseases that cause electricalproblems to the heart. This search would help in identifying thecauses of sudden cardiac arrest since there is a clear relationshipbetween conditions and diseases that cause electrical problems to theheart and the causes of sudden cardiac arrest.

Thereare different databases in the Walden University, which can be usedthe required information concerning the sudden cardiac arrest. Thedatabases from Walden University that I would use in searching forthe information concerning the sudden cardiac arrest include CINAHL,ProQuest, MEDLINE, Web of Science, and PubMed databases (WaldenUniversity, 2015).

Afteridentifying the databases, which to search information from, I wouldfind the information needed by entering key words in the databases.This would provide the information that I would be looking for. Inthis case, the key words that would be entered in the searchdatabases would be: “conditions and diseases that cause electricalproblems to the heart”. In finding the most relevant articles andinformation, it is critical to consider articles and information thatis up to date. Besides, it is important to consider articles andinformation that has been supported by other sources and researches.

Iwould extract relevant information from the articles by concentratingon the information that gives focus on “conditions and diseasesthat cause electrical problems to the heart”. Concentrating on thisinformation would aid in getting the information being researched.

Inorder to ensure that the information becomes organized in a usefulmanner, I would consider writing the information and publishing it sothat others can make use of it in their research, as well as addingmore knowledge to the little information that they have on thequestion under consideration. I would take the step from simplyhaving useful knowledge to gaining wisdom through understanding theprinciples that guide the issue of sudden cardiac arrest.


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