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The clinical approach to the patient who is very ill 

The clinical approach to the patient who is very ill

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The clinical approach to the patient who is very ill
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John D. Firth

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10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1703
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date: 28 June 2017

When dealing with emergency admissions (and sometimes in other contexts), always ask yourself the question ‘is this patient well, ill, very ill, or nearly dead?’ Airway, breathing, and circulation (ABC) must be assessed immediately in the patient who is very ill or worse, a key further question being ‘do you think that this patient can keep breathing like this for the next 10 min?’ If not, summon help from someone with advanced airway skills immediately....

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