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Ten rules to assess and manage the acutely deteriorating patient: a practical mnemonic

Author(s): Baugher Katherine M | Mattu Amal

Journal: Patient Safety in Surgery
ISSN 1754-9493

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: ABC's | Cardiac arrest | Compressions | Crashing | Defibrillation | Resuscitation

Abstract The acutely deteriorating patient is a challenge to even the most seasoned provider. The ability to diagnosis the underlying condition quickly and accurately is vital to a successful outcome. We present a review of 10 critical aspects in the management of the crashing patient, based on up-to-date guidelines and organized as an easily remembered mnemonic. The A-A-B-B-C-C-D-D-E-E's of the deteriorating patient address many key pearls and current recommendations to give physicians an added advantage in the moment of crisis.
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