Abdominal pain is one of the most common reasons why a person may visit their healthcare provider. Unfortunately, it can be caused by myriad conditions both chronic and acute. A thorough assessment of a patient’s history and physical symptoms is required to manage and treat abdominal pain. Examinations are often complicated due to the number of organs in the abdomen. Knowing how to perform a comprehensive abdominal exam will help you provide better quality care.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Abdominal Symptoms and Causes
Sam’s Chief Complaint
Common Abdominal Symptoms
The Abdominal Organs
The Upper Abdomen
The Lower Abdomen
Section 3: The Abdominal Assessment
Taking a Good History
Preparing for the Physical Exam
Percussion and Palpation
Percussion and Palpation: Specific Organs
Section 4: Conclusion
Annette Brownlee, BSN, RN is an SME Writer for the Post-Acute Care team. She has a Bachelor of Arts in advertising from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Northern Colorado. Annette has worked in skilled nursing and home health. Her most recent experience includes being a Staff Development Coordinator and Infection Preventionist.Disclosure: Annette Brownlee BSN, RN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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