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 Emergency Assessment


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: Emergency Assessment    17, 2008 11:51 am

Emergency Assessment

Assesstemic appraoch to the assessment of an emergency patient is essential
primary an secondary surveys provide the emergency nurse with a methodological approach to help identify and prioritize patients needs>

primary assessment
The initial rapid ABCD (airway , breathing , circulation and disability resulting from spinal injuty )

does the patient have an open airway ? is the patient able to speak ? Check for air way obstructons such as loose teeth , foreign objects , bleeding , vomitus or other secretions .
Immediately treat anything that comprimise the airway

is the patient breathing ?? Assess for equal rise and fall of the chest , respiratory rate and pattern , skin color , use of accessory muscles , integrity of the chest wall , and position of the tachea .
All major trauma patients require supplemental oxygen via non breathing mask .

Is circulation in immediat jeopardy ??can you palpate a central pulse ?? what is the quality (strong , weak , slow , rapid ) is the skin warm and dry ? is the skin colore normal ?? obtain blood pressure ..

Assess level of consciousness and pupils using AVPU scale
A ___is the patient alert ?
V___does the patient respond to voice?
P___does the patient respond to painfull stimuli ?
U __the patient un responsive to painfull stimuli ??

secondary assessment
the steps include

Expose / enviromental control
it is necessary to remove the patient's clothing in order to identify all injuries >> you must prevent heat loss by using warm blankets .

Full set of vital signs / five inteventions/ facilitate family presence

a__ obtain full set of vital signs includin BP , HR , RR, temprture ..

b__five interventions
pulse oximetery for oxygen saturation
indwelling urinary catheter>>don't insert if noted blood at the meatus , blood at the scrotum or if you suspected pelvic fracture
gastric tube (if there is evidence of facial fracture insert the tube orally
lab studies

facilitate family presenc
assess the familly needs and if any member of the family wishs to persent during CPR it is amperative to assign a staff member to that person to explain what is being done and offer support

Give comfort measures
include verbal reassurance as well as pain managment as appropriate


Obtain prehospital information from emergency personal , patient , family using MIVT
M_mechanism of injury
I _ Injury sustained or suspected
V__vital signs
T__treatment befor arriving

Head to toe assessment
we know already how to do it

focused assessment
Any injuries that were identified during the primary and secondary survys require a detail assessment which include a team approach and radiographic studies
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