Patient Assessment – The ABCDE Approach


Course Features

Course Details


The aim of this programme is to provide a learning resource for all dental team members covering patient assessment. This learning meets the GDC requirements for management of medical emergencies in dental practice.

The GDC expect the dental team to follow the guidance on medical emergencies and training updates issued by the Resuscitation Council UK. This series of modules have been developed based on their updated 2015 guidelines.

Medical emergencies is a GDC recommended subject for continuing professional development.

This is the second module in a series of four modules. We would recommend viewing the first module in the series before taking this module.

The GDC requires dental professionals to link their CPD activities to at least one development outcome as part of the new enhanced CPD scheme.

This module can be linked to development outcome C: Maintenance and development of knowledge and skill within your field of practice.

Suitable CPD for all members of the dental team.

Completion of this module and passing the associated quiz will satisfy GDC requirements for 1.5 hours of CPD in medical emergencies.

The content does not have to be completed all at once, you will be returned to where you left off when your restart the e-learning module.

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of medical risk assessment in reducing the chance of an emergency occurring
  • Describe the four key steps in the chain of survival
  • Explain the ABCDE approach to managing an emergency
  • Be able to apply these principles for assessing a patient’s airway, breathing & circulation
  • And describe the final steps in the ABCDE approach - assessing disability and exposure.

Topic 1:  Introduction

Topic 2:  The ABCDE approach

Topic 3:  Airway & Breathing

Topic 4:  Circulation

Topic 5:  Disability & Exposure

Topic 6:  Summary

There are interactive questions and activities throughout the module, which are not assessed.

On completion of the module there is a separately assessed quiz.

You will need to achieve 70 % for this quiz to complete the module and access your CPD certificate. You will have two opportunities to achieve the required score.


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