Rapid Review: Components of a GI Assessment

Rapid Review: Components of a GI Assessment 

Welcome to Components of a GI Assessment! As you probably know, the GI tract is 23 to 26 feet in length and is made up of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, and the small and large intestines. Did you know the small intestine is the longest section of the digestive tract and is about 3.5 times the body’s length? Did you know that the large intestine is only approximately 5 feet long, much shorter than the small intestine? The designation of "small" and "large" has to do with the width of the tube not the length. The GI tract’s primary functions are: breaking down food for digestion, absorbing nutrients into the bloodstream, and eliminating food and other wastes. But, problems can happen such as bleeding, perforation, obstruction, inflammation, and cancer. Also, the GI tract can be affected by mental health, like stress and anxiety, as well as fatigue or dietary changes. Since there are structural changes that happen in the GI tract as people age, a large number of elderly individuals will present with difficulties chewing or swallowing, reflux and heartburn, food intolerances, malabsorption of Vitamin B12, and constipation. Since there are many problems that can occur in the GI tract, a thorough assessment is critical. Auscultation of the abdomen is an important component of any GI assessment, but will not be discussed in this course. This course reviews the common components of GI health history and physical exam, as well as the steps involved in percussion and palpation of the abdomen.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-RRCGIA
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Describe the common symptoms that are assessed for during the GI health history
List the components of a GI physical exam
List the steps involved when performing percussion and palpation of the abdomen

Section 1: Introduction
A. Introduction
Section 2: Health History
A. Health History 01
B. Checkpoint
C. Health History 02
D. Checkpoint
Section 3: Physical Exam
A. Checkpoint
Section 4: Performing Percussion and Palpation of the Abdomen
A. Steps Involved
B. Checkpoint
Section 5: Conclusion
A. Course Contributors
B. References
C. Congratulations

Instructor: Cheryl Swann, RN-BC, BSN, WCC, LNHA
Cheryl Swann, RN-BC, BSN, WCC, LNHA has worked in long-term care for 20 years. Mrs. Swann has worked in many positions including Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator and Nursing Home Administrator. Cheryl is certified in both Gerontological nursing and wound care. In the past, she has assisted in the operations of multiple nursing facilities, including staffing, payroll, public health concerns, family member issues, management of consultant relationships (e.g. pharmacy, dietary, etc.), and as an intermediary between long-term care facilities and doctors. Mrs. Swann worked closely with federal monitors and the Office of Inspector General in developing an effective Continuous Quality Improvement and compliance program in her organization. Mrs. Swann has presented nationally regarding effective Quality Assurance, Restraint Reduction, Wound Prevention, CMS Five Star Quality Rating System and Developing a Corporate Compliance Program. Her expertise includes staff training and development, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement initiatives, and policy development. Disclosure: Cheryl Swann, RN-BC, BSN, WCC, LNHA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Instructor: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC
Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC started working in the senior care industry in 2000. She is a certified Gerontological Nurse, a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Wound Care Certified. She has held positions including MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator, Nurse Consultant, Area Manager, and Director of Quality Assurance. Her overall responsibility within each of these positions was to ensure residents received the highest quality of care. This included active participation in quality improvement initiatives, review of clinical records to identify areas of weakness, corroboration with the medical director to institute policies and procedures for resident care, and staff education/training. Additionally, she was responsible for maintaining an effective compliance program under a Quality of Care Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General for a period of five years. She currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Design & Research for Relias. Within this position, her responsibility is to oversee the development of online training modules across the healthcare continuum. She has served as the subject matter expert for courses on re-hospitalization, clinical skill reviews, leadership, management, and various OSHA and regulatory compliance topics. In addition, she has presented at various state conferences on mandatory compliance, quality assessment and assurance (QA&A), and quality assurance and performance improvement (QAPI).  Disclosure: Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, CDP, WCC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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