Assessment of the patient

Frank Coffey and Iain Neely

in Oxford Handbook of Clinical Skills in Adult Nursing

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Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780199211043
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597949 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Assessment of the patient

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Initial observation/impression of a patient - The medical history - Presenting complaint (PC) - History of the presenting complaint - Past medical history - Drug history/allergies - Family history - Personal and social history - Systems review - Vital signs - Measurement of the oral temperature - Measurement of the aural temperature - Measurement of the rectal temperature - Measurement of the skin temperature - Assessment of the peripheral pulse - Measurement of the respiratory rate - Manual measurement of blood pressure - Electronic measurement of blood pressure - Systematic examination - Assessment of the skin - Describing a lesion or rash - Measurement of the capillary blood glucose level - Assessment of hydration - Measurement of height and weight - Monitoring

Chapter.  13166 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Skills

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