A practical overview of the skills and rationale for physical examination, this book is a useful reference for student practitioners in nursing and other non-medical prescribers and is an essential revision aid in the build up to clinical exams.
This book provides a quick reference guide to the procedures and skills needed to perform physical examination of adults, backed up with evidence and clinical guidelines enabling the reader to justify the way they perform each physical examination. A step-by-step checklist for each body system is presented alongside a rationale to aid understanding and reinforce learning, and is followed by case studies to put the information into context. Further discussion of evidence and clinical guidelines give readers confidence in explaining the way they perform each physical examination.
This is an essential guide for students on specialist and advanced nurse practitioner courses, paramedics and supplementary and independent prescribers, including nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, and radiographers.
· A systematic and methodical approach to examining each body system,
with an emphasis on the importance of integrated examination
· Step-by-step checklists to aid learning
· Clear diagrams help readers visualise tests and key clinical signs
· Case studies provide questions for self-assessment; answers demonstrate the importance of viewing the patient holistically
· Reflective practice is encouraged through examples of ethical and moral dilemmas encountered when examining patients
Table of contents
Chapter 1 The preliminary examination
Chapter 2 The cardiovascular system
Chapter 3 The respiratory system
Chapter 4 The ear, nose (mouth) and throat
Chapter 5 The abdomen
Chapter 6 The genitourinary system
Chapter 7 The upper limb
Chapter 8 The back
Chapter 9 The lower limb
Chapter 10 The peripheral nervous system
Chapter 11 The cranial nerves
Chapter 12 The eye
Chapter 13 Mental health examination
Case study answers