What is the Primary Survey and why is it so important?

If you have ever taken a first aid course, you will have heard the phrase ' Primary Survey' but what exactly is it and why is it important? What is the Primary Survey? The primary survey is the first casualty assessment that you complete. The purpose of the primary survey is to ensure that you find and deal with the most life threatening conditions first and foremost. Using the primary survey, you can rapidly treat each emergency before moving on to the next. Life threatening emergencies include (but not limited to): Choking Anaphylaxis Cardiac arrest Unconsciousness Severe bleeding Shock We use the acronym DRAB to remember what the primary survey is: DRAB D - Danger Check the area is safe.

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