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ABCDE

Michael Kent

in The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Third edition

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780198568506
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191727788
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A mnemonic for a step-by-step assessment of an athlete who collapses on the field of play. A = Airway and cervical spine (ensure that the airway is clear; suspect a cervical spine injury if the athlete becomes unconscious after an injury to the head or above the collar bone). B = Breathing (look and listen for spontaneous breathing). C = Circulation (check the carotid pulse for quality, rate, and regularity; if the pulse is absent, start external cardiac massage); D = Disability (for a limited neurological examination, ...

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