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airway, breathing, and circulation
a memory aid for classifying a patient's level of responsiveness or mental status. The letters stand for alert, verbal response, painful response, unresponsive
in emergency medicine, the reason EMS was called, usually in the patient's own words
impression of the patient's condition that is formed on first approaching the patient, base on the patient's environment, chief complaint, and appearance
actions taken to correct or manage a patient's problems
level of responsiveness
the first element in a patient's assessment; steps taken for the purpose of discovering and dealing with any life-threatening problems. the six parts of primary assessments are: forming a general impression, assessing mental status, assessing airway, assessing breathing, assessing circulation, and determining the priority of the patient for treatment and transport to the hospital
the decision regarding the need for immediate transport of the patient versus further assessment and care at the scene
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