This consists of a rapid "physiological" examination to identify immediately life-threatening emergencies. It should be completed in less than a minute. It is prioritised as shown in the box.
Disability (nervous system) Exposure
From the respiratory viewpoint, do the following:
• Look, listen and feel for airway obstruction, respiratory arrest, depression, or distress.
• Assess the effort of breathing.
• Count the respiratory rate.
• Listen for stridor and/or wheeze.
• Auscultate for breath sounds.
If a significant problem is identified, management should be started immediately. After appropriate interventions have been performed, primary assessment can be resumed or repeated.
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