Health Assessment Through the Life Span, 4th Edition, for PDA, based on Hogstel's Health Assessment Through the Life Span, powered by Skyscape (CD-ROM version) / Edition 4

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Download Free Trial!IMPORTANT: Because we provide downloadable trial versions of all our PDA software, please note that PDA product purchases are non-refundable. Health Assessment Through the Life Span, 4th Edition, for PDA (RnAssess4T) is an information-packed, easy-to-use pocket guide that serves as a reference for nurses and nursing students working in clinical settings. Organized by body systems, the focus of this updated edition remains on assessing, documenting, and reporting the current status and changes in the condition of patients for all age groups. Key Features:Added focus on pain assessment and documentation, which is now required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO). Expanded coverage of dental history and problems, obesity and diabetes, assessment of mental symptoms and behavior, and abuse and/or neglect. Additional color figures further illustrate procedures. Tables and appendices are revised and updated. More pediatric coverage on breast development for children, abuse, and asthma. More geriatric coverage on assessing edema, circulation and skin problems, nutritional needs, medications, and vitamins. Focuses on health promotion and wellness, community resources, payment mechanisms, specialized communication techniques based on age, ethnicity, and culture, and the use of alternative and complementary therapies. Clinical alert sections detail, in color, special instructions for assessments or concerns related to findings. With Skyscape's patented smARTlinkT technology, RnAssess4T can easily cross-index with other titles from Skyscape to provide a powerful and integrated source of clinical information that you can carry with you wherever you go! System requirements: Palm OSĀ® 3.5 or higher:requires 2.6 MB of memory Windows MobileT 5 or Pocket PC 2002/2003:requires 2.5 MB of memory Windows 98/2000/ME/XP/Tablet PC:requires 4.4 MB of memory
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Reviewer:Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, RNC-NIC, FAAN(University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description:This book is a quick reference to the most common elements of health assessment across the lifespan.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide an easy-to-use format for health assessment information that can be applied to any clinical setting. It is small enough to be taken to the client's bedside. These worthy objectives are generally met.
Audience:The book is aimed at student nurses and practicing nurses. The authors are credible authorities in this area.
Features:The content reflects the traditional areas of health assessment beginning with an overview of the nursing process, moving on to health history and then into the actual physical assessment. A systems approach to the core assessments comprises the bulk of the book. It contains many of the more common assessment tools in the appendixes such as the Apgar Scoring System and the Glasgow Coma Scale. The book does not seem to address genetics or the need for a family history addressing genetics. It does not cover variations with the premature infant and how to adapt the assessment. Nor does the book appear to address use of electronic medical records and how the documentation of the assessment might need to be adapted to such a system.
Assessment:This fourth edition that represents new areas such as use of alternative and complementary therapies, antepartum and intrapartum assessment, communication skills especially need for adaptation with different cultures and ages, family communication patterns and how to assess, and variations in normal health assessmentfindings according to ethnic and cultural influences. These are all wonderful and needed additions. In other respects the book is very typical of other health assessment books. This book is easy to use and, while not significantly different from others, certainly is a useful reference for those in need of health assessment tips. Weber's Nurses' Handbook of Health Assessment, 4th edition (Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2001) is very similar. Other books like Jarvis's Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 4th edition (Elsevier, 2004) focus more on physical assessment than the more inclusive health assessment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803617759
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Edition number: 4
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The client interview and health history 1
Ch. 1 Overview of the nursing process 1
Ch. 2 Communication skills 4
Ch. 3 Health history guidelines 18
Pt. 2 The physical examination 59
Ch. 4 Physical examination guidelines 59
Pt. 3 Body organ and system assessment 75
Ch. 5 General overview (with examples) 75
Ch. 6 Integument 90
Ch. 7 Head 112
Ch. 8 Neck 119
Ch. 9 Eyes 127
Ch. 10 Ears 142
Ch. 11 Nose and sinuses 153
Ch. 12 Mouth and throat 159
Ch. 13 Lungs and thorax 170
Ch. 14 Breasts and axillae 186
Ch. 15 Cardiovascular system 197
Ch. 16 Abdomen 210
Ch. 17 Musculoskeletal system 226
Ch. 18 Neurologic system 242
Ch. 19 Male genitourinary system and rectum 261
Ch. 20 Female genitourinary system and rectum 272
Ch. 21 Pregnancy 282
App. A NANDA-approved nursing diagnoses 303
App. B Age categories and labels and words used for older people 309
App. C Sample health history form 313
App. D Sample mental status assessment flow sheet 319
App. E The Folstein mini-mental state examination (test of cognitive function) 325
App. F Katz index of independence in activities of daily living 329
App. G Apgar scoring system 333
App. H Recommended childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization schedule 335
App. I Examples of pediatric developmental milestones 339
App. J Sample of community resources available for older people 343
App. K Sample adult physical assessment form with guide 345
App. L Seven warning signs of cancer 355
App. M Suggested schedule of health screening for people age 65 and older with no symptoms 357
App. N Food guide pyramid 361
App. O Healthy weight charts and body mass index (BMI) 363
App. P Physical signs of malnutrition and deficiency state 369
App. Q A guide for healthy aging 371
App. R Recommended dietary nutrients and sources 373
App. S Glasgow coma scale 379
App. T Client positions 381
App. U Conversion rules 383
App. V Weights and measures 385
App. W Fahrenheit and Celsius scales 389
App. X Medication card 391
App. Y Newborn physical assessment guide 393
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