Download e-book for kindle: Nursing Health Assessment: The Foundation of Clinical by Patricia M. Dillon PhD RN


By Patricia M. Dillon PhD RN

  • Perfect your overview skills
  • Differentiate basic from irregular findings
  • Validate your overview findings

Bridge the distance from lecture room to clinical…from idea to application.

Dillon provides with the assessment details probably to be wanted within the medical surroundings, concentrating on the relationships one of the quite a few physique systems.

Bulleted lists and tabular presentation make the knowledge simply available; full-color images and step by step review concepts make the content material effortless to follow.

Excellent as a stand-alone evaluation device or as an accompaniment to any review text!

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Angle of nail attachment 180 degrees or more (clubbing): Congenital heart disorders, cystic fibrosis, and chronic pulmonary diseases.

Inspect perianal area for hemorrhoids or abnormalities. ■ Palpate anal canal, rectum, and prostate. ■ Test stool on glove for occult blood. Documenting Physical Assessment Findings Document physical assessment findings by system, using the following sequence: ■ General survey, including anthropometric measurements and vital signs ■ Integumentary ■ Head, face, and neck ■ Eyes ■ Ears, nose, and throat ■ Respiratory ■ Cardiovascular ■ Breasts ■ Abdomen ■ Male/female genitourinary ■ Musculoskeletal ■ Neurologic Focused Physical Assessments Focused assessments are only partial ones, dealing only with systems that relate to the patient’s problem, so less data are collected.

Asymmetrical chest movement: Pneumothorax or chronic restrictive lung diseases. Auscultate for: Abnormal/adventitious breath sounds (crackles, wheezes, rhonchi, or bronchial breath sounds): Altered pulmonary function. Percuss for: Dull percussion tones/increased fremitus: Consolidation within pulmonary tissue. Hyperresonant percussion tones and decreased/ absent fremitus: Emphysemic changes. All of these respiratory alterations have the potential to impair oxygenation and cause cyanosis. Chronic cardiopulmonary disease with hypoxia can result in clubbing.

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