Abdominal assessment?

  1. Is it inspection, auscultation, percussion, palpation? If not what is it? Thanks!
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  3. by   nurz2be
    Yes you have the order correct. We don't want to falsely disturb the actual pattern of the bowel, so we inspect, auscultate, percuss, palpate!
  4. by   Daytonite
    yes, that is the correct order of examination for the abdomen:
    1. inspection
    2. auscultation - doing percussion and palpation first will cause an increase of the bowel sounds
    3. percussion
    4. palpation
    http://meded.ucsd.edu/clinicalmed/abdomen.htm - exam of the abdomen
    http://www.meddean.luc.edu/lumen/meded/medicine/pulmonar/pd/contents.htm - screening physical exam; click on the various components under "abdomen" to see pictures and descriptions of the techniques for examining and assessing the abdomen.
    other assessment weblinks, including videos, can also be found on this sticky thread:
  5. by   bsugar888
    Oh do I remember this from 1st semester....yes that is correct.

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