- Assess: Repeat initial assessment, vitals, focused assessment (if called for), check your interventions and note any trends in the patient's condition.
- Intervene: At any point, when the need for intervention arises (such as a newfound complaint / injury, an equipment failure, or problems with ABCs), act to manage the situation.
- Reassess: every 5 minutes for unstable patients, and 15 minutes for stable patients.
What to assess:
- Repeat initial assessment.
- Retake vital signs.
- Breathing, pulse, skin, pupils, blood pressure, Puls-ox.
- Focused trauma / medical assessment should be performed any time you find new complaints and injuries.
- Check interventions.
- Are the interventions helping the patient?
- Equipment working properly?
- ABCs effectively managed?
- Note Trends
- Is the patient getting better or worse?
- Are your interventions helping?
- Document trends in the patient's condition and your interventions.