Chapter 30 health assessment

  1. Four primary techniques used in physical examinations
    Inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation
  2. Inspection
    Visual examination.
  3. Palpation
    Examination of the body using the senfe of touch
  4. Which positions are used when assessing female genitals, rectum, and female reproductive tract?
    Dorsal recumbent and Lithotomy
  5. Percusion
    The act of striking the body surface to elicit sounds that can be heard or vibrations that can be felt
  6. Pitch
    The frequency of vibrations
  7. Intensity
    loudness or softness of a sound
  8. Duration
    Length (long or short)
  9. Quality
    • Subjective description of a sund. 
    • (e.g. whistling, gurgling, or snapping)
  10. Pallor
    The result of inadequate circulating blood or hemoglobin and subsequent reduction in tissue oxygenation.
  11. Vitiligo
    Patches of hypopigmented skin caused by destruction of melanocytes.
  12. What is the normal angle between the fingernail and the nail bed?
  13. Blanch Test
    Carried out to test peripheral circulation
  14. Normocephalic
    Normal head size
  15. Exophthalmos
    protrusion of the eyeballs with elevation of the upper eyelids
  16. Visual acuity
    The degree of detail the eye can discern in an image
  17. Visual fields
    The area an individual can see when looking straight ahead
  18. Myopia
  19. Hyperopia
  20. Presbyopia
    Loss of elasticity of the lens and thus loss of ability to see close objects.
  21. Dacryocystitis
    Inflammation of the lacrimal sac
  22. Hordeolum (Sty)
    A redness, swelling, and tenderness of the hair follicle and glands that empty at the edge of the eyelids.
  23. Cataracts
    • Opacity of the lens and its capsule
    • (cloudy pupils)
  24. Glaucoma
    A disturbance in the circulation of aqueous fluid, which causes an increase in intraocular pressure.
  25. Mydriasis
    • Enlarged pupils 
    • (due to: injury, Glaucoma, drug use)
  26. Miosis
    • Constricted pupils
    • (may indicate inflammation of the irisas a result from drugs; morphine, other narcotics, barbiturates, or pilocarpine)
  27. When looking at a near object the pupils do what?
  28. When looking at a far object the pupils do what?
  29. Strabismus
  30. Nystagmus
    Rapid involuntary rhythmic eye movement
  31. Pleximeter
    The object placed against a body area and struck to elicit sound during percussion
  32. Plexor
    The finger used to strike the pleximeter
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Chapter 30 health assessment
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