Sir, can you smile for me? Lift your arms? Grip my hands and squeeze... h34r:How exactly does the acronym work? If it's something like "Pulse before blood pressure" I'm going to have a stroke.
Isn't LOC the FIRST thing we check? A verbal response to the "Hey, buddy, you okay?" question is a strong indicator of breathing.
I agree with you. But whether the patient is conscious or unconscious, and if conscious how A&O they are, is going to be one of the first things you notice about them, and will determine how much of the rest of your initial assessment is going to go.That's the big issue with how EMS assessments are taught. It's taught to be this somewhat rigid order where you have to ask or check things in a specific order. A real assessment is much more fluid and organic, with findings leading to new questions and different things to check. Additionally, a lot of things (including LOC) are essentially figured out in the first 10 seconds of a patient encounter.