I was auscultating a pt's abdomen last week during a shift assessment when the patient said "you're the only person who's done that since I was admitted". I was surprised.
So, I started thinking... maybe I'm going overboard by always checking heart, lungs, abdomen, peripheral pulses. My assessments take five minutes or less, including the usual questions like "pain?", "last BM".
What does everyone else do out there for a shift assessment. Check everything? Skip/include things based on what is the diagnosis? I'm looking for any "time-saving" techniques given my patient load is 7-8 patients.