AVPU is used for the primary survey/resuscitation section of patient assessments.

A Alert and oriented

  • The patient is alert and oriented to person, place, time and event. This is often abbreviated as A/Ox4.
V Verbal

  • The patient responds to verbal stimuli.
P Pain

  • The patient responds to painful stimuli with a purposeful or nonpurposeful movement.
U Unresponsive

  • The patient does not respond to any stimuli.

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