Understanding the conscious state of your patient is a quick process. When someone in a public space is visibly distressed or injured, reach out to them.
- Assessing the safety of the scene is important before approaching the patient and beginning the ACLS or BLS Survey.
- When addressing a patient who is “down,” you must first assess whether or not they are conscious.
For unconscious patients, begin with the BLS Survey before conducting the ACLS.
If conscious, begin with the ACLS Survey.