What is the ABCDE approach?

The ABCDE approach is a systematic approach to the assessment of the ‘sick’ patient recommended by the Resuscitation Council (UK). It stands for Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability and Exposure.

It enables the recognition of the ‘sick’ patient and the most serious problems to be identified and dealt with first. The early recognition of the ‘sick’ patient also enables help to be called early, prior to any patient collapse occurring.

It is a technique that can be used regardless of individual experience and availability of equipment.

Often only simple measures such as laying the patient down or giving oxygen are needed.

Our medical emergencies course adopts this approach to show how any emergency can be assessed using this approach.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to know more about our medical emergencies course.