MedicCast Episode 254
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Tip This Week- EMS Review on Initial Assessment, Part 1
The very first thing an emergency medical service provider should do when responding to a call is assessment. Patient outcomes are highly affected with how well the provider does his assessment and his decision making. For new EMS providers on the field, it takes a keen observation and focus to be able to perform a clear assessment amidst all the stress, tension and anxiety happening around him.
Here are some of the important things to look at in performing an initial assessment:
- no airway
- blood in the airway
- no breathing
- labored breathing
- use of accessory muscles
- open hole in chest
- capillary refill
D- Disability or Mental Function
- level of consciousness
- consider presence of cervical spine injury
- A- alert, awake, aware of person, place and time
- V- responsive to verbal stimuli
- P- responsive to painful stimuli
- U- unconscious, unresponsive to stimuli
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