The clinical approach to the patient who is very ill

John D. Firth

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI:

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The clinical approach to the patient who is very ill

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When dealing with emergency admissions (and sometimes in other contexts), always ask yourself the question ‘is this patient well, ill, very ill, or nearly dead?’ Airway, breathing, and circulation (ABC) must be assessed immediately in the patient who is very ill or worse, a key further question being ‘do you think that this patient can keep breathing like this for the next 10 min?’ If not, summon help from someone with advanced airway skills immediately....

Chapter.  5627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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