Emergency Medicine Book


Rapid ABC Assessment

Aka: Rapid ABC Assessment
  1. See Also
    1. ABC Management
    2. Trauma Primary Survey
    3. Emergency Airway Management (includes Primary Survey Airway Evaluation)
    4. Emergency Breathing Management (includes Primary Survey Breathing Evaluation)
    5. Emergency Circulation Management (includes Primary Survey Circulation Evaluation)
  2. Indications
    1. Rapid assessment of airway, breathing and circulatory status in the conscious patient
  3. Approach
    1. Provider introduces themself to the patient
    2. Patient questions
      1. What is your name?
      2. What happened?
  4. Interpretation
    1. Ability to respond appropriately to above questions without distress suggests intact ABCD
    2. Failure in any response
      1. Urgent and complete evaluation
      2. ABC Management (or Primary Survey in Trauma)
  5. References
    1. (2012) ATLS 9th Ed., American College Surgeons, Committee on Trauma, p. 6

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