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ABC sequenceEmergency medicine The first level of life support measures used in CPR according to the 'American school' of cardiology, is the simple mnemonic of 'airway, breathing, circulation'; advanced life support then continues as DEF–'drugs, EKG, fibrillation'. See C-A-B.
|Airway||Ensure airway patency–clear bronchotracheal tree|
|Breathing||Breathing by intermittent positive pressure ventilation|
|Circulation||Compress chest at 60/minute|
|Drugs/Fluids||Place IV line|
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