Step 1: What is the topic of the question? Do not be fooled by the extra details that has nothing to do with what the question is asking.

Step 2: Are the answers assessment or implementation? Know whether or not you should assess. Did you get enough information from the question? If not, you need to pick an assessment choice.

Step 3: Apply Maslow: Are the answers physical or psychosocial? It doesn’t matter what the person is feeling if you need to prioritize the patient’s physiological needs.

Step 4: Are the answer choices related to ABCs? Airway is priority!

Step 5: What is the outcome of each of the remaining answers? What do you think will happen if you choose this option?