This short learning module highlights the importance of adopting a systematic approach when assessing and caring for a deteriorating patient. The ABCDE approach to assessment of a deteriorating patient helps healthcare practitioners to identify and respond to life-threatening conditions in order of priority and to offer timely interventions.
You may also like to listen to this Nursing Standard podcast, rcni.com/deteriorating-patients, in which Cardiff University senior lecturer in adult nursing Andy Parry, who has a background in critical care and anaesthetics, talks with RCNi senior nurse editor Richard Hatchett about what the different scales of the early warning scores mean and the importance of a thorough assessment.
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