An Inside Look at Hospital Care, Through a Nurse’s Eyes

September 20, 2019

(Undark) – Medical textbooks like Oxford Medical Education dryly state that “the aim of the ABCDE assessment is to keep the patient alive and achieve the first steps to improvement.” Emergency physicians and nurses across the world use the ABCDE assessment to evaluate deteriorating and critically ill patients, all sequentially focusing on a patient’s airway, breathing, circulation, disability and exposure to monitor key functions required for survival. “This is where it begins,” Molly Case says of the ABCDE exam, which she uses as a framework to give shape to the colorful vignettes of diverse patients in her memoir, “How to Treat People: A Nurse’s Notes.’’ The result is an intimate and illuminating portrait of the private moments between patients, their families, and the nurses who care for them.