Welcome to the lesson on initial diagnosis and treatment. In this video, we'll consider the scenario of when the child or infant is not in immediate danger and briefly discuss the ABCDE method. If you've reached the initial diagnosis and treatment phase of care, the child or infant is not in immediate danger of death. Well, this means that you have a brief moment to find the cause of the problem and intervene with appropriate treatment, it does not mean that a life threatening event is impossible. In this case, always be vigilant for any indication to initiate high quality CPR and look for life threatening events such as respiratory distress, a change in consciousness, or psychosis. The APA recommends following the ABCDE method when reaching initial diagnosis and treatment phase.
The ABCDE method consists of checking for airway, breathing, circulation, disability, and exposure. This concludes our lesson on initial diagnosis and treatment. Next, we'll go in depth to review each of the ABCDE method components