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Table 1 Rapid Palliative Care Assessment- A Secondary Survey of ABCDs (Emanuel)

From: Palliative care in the emergency department: an educational investigation and intervention

A-Advance directives Any documents in place detailing wishes for life-sustaining measures?
B-Better How can you help the patient feel better?
Manage symptoms during acute resuscitation while determining the appropriate degree of resuscitative measures for the situation.
C-Caregivers Is there anyone present at the bedside, in the waiting area, or who can be reached by phone?
Consider their needs and desires.
D-Decision making capacity Can the patient make their own decision regarding their care?