Gareth speak with Dr Sarah White, anaesthetic registrar, about how to assess an acutely unwell patient. The case chosen was deliberately the kind of patient that would make anyone scared in assessing them; they will always have the potential to continue getting worse despite whatever you do and you should always be reassessing the patient to be sure your treatments are effective. At all times remember to ask yourself: do I need help?

There are plenty of resources you can look at to gain a better understanding of this, however one definite one to get your hands on is Essentials of Acute Care 2nd Edition.

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