- The quickest assessment and the first impression made.
- Rapidly identify life-threatening conditions and facilitate immediate stabilizing treatment.
- Check for Airway Patency (openness)
- Breathing (Rate, quality, presence)
- Circulation (Pulse, blood pressure
- Skin perfusion – Color, temperature, and moisture).
Gross deformity, major trauma and/or blood loss, or anything else that may cause the patient to crash.
If found, you should act immediately to provide stabilizing treatment.
Determine the chief complaint, the need for spinal immobilization, and form your general impression of the overall patient condition.