First Aid Basics:Know your Vital Signs

It is of the utmost importance to monitor a patients vital signs. Any interruption in the vital functions of the body will quickly cause the deterioration of the brain and eventually ceases to function. The patient will die of a lack of oxygen in the brain.

The three vital signs are; Consciousness, Breathing, Circulation and insuring that the Airway of the patient is clear. A common acronym for these signs CABC. Consciousness, Airways, Breathing and Circulation.

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