Applying ABCDE methodology (customized nursing department training)

During this one-day course, nurses will learn, using the ABCDE methodology, to recognize the vitally endangered patient and apply associated interventions.

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A vitally endangered patient is one in which one or more vital organ functions, such as breathing, circulation and consciousness, are impaired to the point where they are in danger of failure. Several studies show that patients often, prior to their circulatory arrest, show signs and symptoms of physical instability. This patient requires a rapid, medical response that cannot (always) be provided by the department where the patient lies. So recognizing these early signs is vital.

Course content

This course teaches the nurse, using the ABCDE methodology, to recognize the vitally endangered patient and apply associated interventions. During this process, they use the (M)EWS score and associated tools. In addition, they learn to communicate using the SBAR method with other responders and there is extensive focus on “non technical skills.” The course consists of an alternation of theory and practice. During the practical portions, nurses learn to actually apply previously acquired theoretical knowledge during realistic scenarios. The course is taught by professionals who work in the acute care setting and have extensive experience with the ABCDE methodology.
The final content of the course as well as the daily schedule are put together in close consultation with the client. Many things are possible, for example: taking the NRR certified Basic Life Support or incorporating rhythm and ecg learning into the theory and practice portion can be added to the program. We would like to inform you further about this. The degree of experience does not matter for application. At the beginning of the practical training it will become clear what knowledge and experience the trainees have. Our experienced instructors take into account students’ backgrounds during hands-on training. A safe learning environment is created, complementing and learning from each other.

Purpose course

Upon completion of the course, nurses will be able to recognize the vitally endangered patient (in a clinical setting) using the ABCDE methodology and apply associated interventions.

They learn:
  • To name the purpose and steps of the ABCDE methodology.
  • Name the observations associated with the ABCDE methodology.
  • Name the interventions associated with the ABCDE methodology.
  • Utilize an “EWS tool” to map the vitally endangered patient.
  • Using a “(M)EWS tool” to take appropriate actions;
  • Utilize the SBAR method while communicating with different responders.
  • Using ABCDE methodology to recognize the vitally endangered patient and apply associated interventions.

Target group and level

Level 4 and 5 nurses working in the hospital.

Study Material


Length and study load

Practical training: 1 day (8 hours).


Continuous assessment by the instructor throughout the training.

Certification and accreditation

Upon completion, you will receive the Excellus Academy certificate ” Applying ABCDE methodology.”
If desired, V&VN accreditation can be applied for by us


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