NSE 13A/B Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Palpation

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Nse 13a- assessment of healthy individual: week 4 objectives. Consent: describe the use of and practice the following physical examination techniques: inspection, palpation, percussion, auscultation, performing a physical examination requires technical skills and a knowledge base. The technical skills are the tools for gathering data. First of the individual patient and then of each body system. Inspection first the moment you first meet the patient and develop a general survey . Start the assessment of each body system by inspection. Compare the right and left sides of the body. Inspection requires good lighting, adequate exposure, and occasional use of certain instruments (otoscope, ophthalmoscope, penlight, nasal and vaginal specula) to enlarge your view. You access touch to assess texture, temperature, moisture, and organ location and size, as well as any swelling, vibration, or pulsation, rigidity or spasticity, crepitation, presence of lumps or masses, and presence of tenderness or pain. Different parts of hands are best suited for assessing different factors.

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