When your exam decides to throw you a tricky question about which patient you assess first, always remember your ABC nemonic and try to stick to it as close as possible.
For example “After receiving report, which patient would you first assess?
1. A 2 year old with decreased pedal pulses with a coarctation of the aorta
2. A 4 year old with rheumatic fever who is complaining of severe knee pain.
3. A 5 year old with endocarditis who has crackles audible throughout both lungs
4. A 12 month old with a strawberry tongue and an increase in temperature.
What did you answer? Carefully go through and ask yourself if any of the answers have to do with the airway of the patient first. If your answer was no, then check Breathing and circulation next. Luckily we got to stop at letter … Read More »