How to assess deteriorating patients

Barker, M, Rushton, MA and Smith, J 2015, 'How to assess deteriorating patients' , Nursing Standard, 30 (11) , pp. 34-36.

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This article aims to help practitioners to undertake the assessment of deteriorating patients using a standardised ABCDE (airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure) approach that allows the practitioner to assess the patient in a structured and timely manner, and to identify the specific needs of the patient using the look, listen and feel method. Systematic assessment is central to recognising a deteriorating patient and to taking timely and appropriate action to minimise the incidence of further deterioration. The ABCDE approach can be used to identify patients at risk of becoming acutely unwell and to summon appropriate assistance at an early stage. The practitioner should review obtained physiological data to develop an effective management plan and indicate future investigations

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Nursing Standard
Publisher: Royal College of Nursing Publishing (RCNi)
ISSN: 0029-6570
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Funders: Nursing Standard
Depositing User: J Smith
Date Deposited: 06 May 2016 12:02
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 17:49

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