ABCDE Principle

by Cathy Parkes October 31, 2019 Updated: December 29, 2021

ABCDE Principle

With the ABCDE principle in Nursing, A is for "airway". Ensure the patient has a patent airway AND the cervical spine is stabilized if neck/head trauma is suspected.

Head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver can be used to secure airway UNLESS neck/head trauma is suspected. In that case, use modified jaw thrust maneuver.



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