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Physical Assessment Techniques - Chapter Summary
These lessons address significant information about physical assessment techniques. Topics covered include how to assess pain and monitor vital signs, such as respiration and pulse rate. The following subjects are detailed:
- Techniques nurses use for physical assessment
- Terms that are used to describe vital signs
- How to take vital signs
- Differences between assessing children and adults
- Methods for assessing flexibility
- Self-assessment methods
We have knowledgeable and professional instructors teaching the text and video lessons in this chapter. All of our lesson's resources are mobile device-friendly, meaning you can study at home or on the go, whenever it suits your schedule.
1. Techniques for Physical Assessment
In this lesson, we will identify the techniques used to complete a physical assessment. We will discuss the purpose for each technique as well as how they are performed to obtain a physical assessment.
2. Vital Signs: Basic Physical Exam Terminology
This lesson will cover the terms that are most commonly associated with taking vital signs as part of a basic physical exam. We will look at the normal ranges for vital signs and discuss the terms for abnormal vital signs.
3. What Are Vital Signs? - Definition & How to Take Them
In this lesson, you will learn about vital signs. Included will be an example, the definition of vital signs and the processes of taking vital signs. Also, a quiz is provided to assist you with this lesson.
4. Assessing Pain & Discomfort Levels in Patients
You are caring for someone who tells you they are experiencing pain. Is it really pain and how can you tell? The purpose of this lesson is to give you some guidelines as well as signs and symptoms that will alert you to whether or not a patient requires medication for pain.
5. Techniques for Assessing Patient Illness
Nurses and doctors work closely together to assess patients for illness. In this lesson, we will learn about the different techniques that are used to assess patient illness.
6. Assessing Flexibility: Techniques, Resources & Self-Assessment
In this lesson, we assess flexibility and discuss resources and techniques for doing so. We also review methodologies for self-assessment. We elaborate on seven of the most popular tests that are available to measure flexibility.
7. Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness: Techniques & Resources
In this lesson we review ways to assess cardiorespiratory fitness. We describe the resources and techniques utilized to perform these tests and monitor endurance levels. We also elaborate on self-assessment techniques as well.
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