Chapter

Assessment of the patient

Frank Coffey and Iain Neely

in Oxford Handbook of Clinical Skills in Adult Nursing

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780199211043
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597949 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199211043.003.0003

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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