ABCDE approach
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ABCDE approach

Robin Hooks Staff nurse, Kingston Hospital, Surrey

A CPD article improved Robin Hooks’s knowledge of how to use the ABCDE approach to assess a deteriorating patient

What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article outlined the ABCDE (assessment, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure) approach to assessing a deteriorating patient, explaining the actions that healthcare practitioners should undertake.

Nursing Standard. 32, 27, 64-65. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.27.64.s38

This reflective account is based on NS922 Smith D, Bowden T (2017) Using the ABCDE approach to assess the deteriorating patient. Nursing Standard. 32, 14, 51-61.

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