RRAPID

The RRAPID approach

RRAPID A, B, C, D, E

The RRAPID approach promotes the identification of patients at risk of acute illness and deterioration followed by the appropriate response. It revolves around the traditional ABCDE approach:

  • 1. AIRWAY
  • 2. BREATHING
  • 3. CIRCULATION
  • 4. DISABILITY
  • 5. EXPOSURE

Start with looking at the patient from the end of the bed to get a general impression and decide if the patient ‘looks ill’.

Life-threatening problems must be treated first before moving on to the next system and regularly reassess.

If the patient is not breathing and does not have a pulse – start cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately and call for help.

Following the initial recognition and response to acute illness it is important that the patient has a comprehensive management plan to allow continued recovery.