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Cecilia Eaddy

Physical assessment purposes To evaluate clients current physical condition Detect early sign of developing health problems Establish baseline for future comparison Evaluate the clients response to medical and nursing intervention
Physical assessment A systemic examination of body structure
Four techniques Inspection (purpose observation), palpation ( lightly touching or applying pressure to body;involves fingertips )deep depressing tissue with forefinger of one or both hands, percussion (striking or tapping clients body parts) least used , auscultation (li
Type of environment used for assessment Door with curtain or draped ensures privacy, adequate light, adequate warmth for comfort, easy access to restroom
Type of equipment used for physical assessment Drapes, gowns, thermometer, tongue blade, stethoscope, gloves, and scales
Basics activities involved in physical assessment
Gathering information Mood, physical appearance, level of consciousness, body size, and posture
Draping A sheet, paper or soft cloth to cover up while waiting for assessment to take place
Selecting approach two are common Head to toe and body system approach
Head to toe Top of body to feet (has 3 advantages) Prevent overlooking some aspects of data collection Reduce the number of position change required of the clients Take less time b/c nurse is not constantly moving around the clients in what may appear to be a hapha
What are the six general area body is divided Abdomen, head and neck, chest, extremities, genitalia, and anus& rectum
Created by: Quillae38