Do you use your ABCDE?
Duncan Smith Lecturer in advanced practice, City, University of London, Patient emergency response and resuscitation team, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The pros of the ABCDE approach to assessing deteriorating patients are widely accepted, yet ‘doing the obs’ remains common practice
In the context of the deteriorating patient, it is accepted (fairly unequivocally) that patient assessment be carried out using an airway, breathing, circulation, disability and exposure (ABCDE) sequence.
Nursing Standard. 35, 3, 67-68. doi: 10.7748/ns.35.3.67.s23