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Rapid Assessment of the ...
Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Ill Patient provides a framework for a systematic initial patient assessment and explores principles of effective assessment. Body systems are considered in order of life-threatening priority following the ABCDE approach, dealing with the assessment and management of airway, breathing, circulation, disability - and everything else; covering topics such as visual, palpatory and auscultatory assessment, use of additional documented information (charts, notes etc), and interpreting diagnostic investigations. Methods to ensure effective communication and team-working are also discussed.
1. Why Rapid Assessment Is Essential for Ward Staff.
2. Track and Trigger Systems: Early Warning Scores, Calling Criteria and Rapid Response Teams.
3. Assessment Techniques.
4. A–B–C–D–E: Airway Assessment and Management Techniques.
5. A-B-C-D-E: Breathing (and Failure to Breathe).
6. A–B–C–D–E: Circulation (and Circulatory Failure).
7. A–B–C–D–E: Acute Neurological Care (Disability).
8. A–B–C–D–E: Everything that Should Be Considered for Other Potential Problems.
9. Patient-centred Care, Team Working and Communication.
Appendix 1: Acid–Base Balance and Arterial Blood Gases.
Appendix 2: Oxygen Delivery Devices.