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ABCDE approach

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

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.

What did you learn from the CPD activity, feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The article stated that the first component of the ABCDE approach involves assessing the patient’s airway. For instance, the airway may become compromised as a result of central nervous system depression, which can be improved by using the head tilt-chin lift manoeuvre or an airway adjunct. Suction can be used to clear any fluids or secretions obstructing the airway.

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