Health Assessment Through the Life Span / Edition 4

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This information-packed, easy-to-use pocket guide serves both as a reference for nurses working in clinical settings and as a student text for programs that offer condensed coverage of health assessment in lieu of a more comprehensive, more expensive book. 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
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 assessment findings 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: 9780803612938
  • Publisher: F. A. Davis Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 433
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Client Interview and Health History

1. Overview of the Nursing Process

2. Communication Skills

3. Health History Guidelines

Part 2: The Physical Examination

4. Physical Examination Guidelines

Part 3: Body Organ and System Assessment

5. General Overview (With Examples)

6. Integument

7. Head

8. Neck

9. Eyes

10. Ears

11. Nose and Sinuses

12. Mouth and Throat

13. Lungs and Thorax

14. Breasts and Axillae

15. Cardiovascular System

16. Abdomen

17. Musculoskeletal System

18. Neurologic System

19. Male Genitourinary System and Rectum

20. Female Genitourinary System and Rectum

21. Pregnancy


A. NANDA-Approved Nursing Diagnoses

B. Age Categories and Labels and Words Used for Older People

C. Sample Health History Form

D. Sample Mental Status Flow Sheet

E. The Folstein Mini-Mental State Examination (Test of Cognitive Function)

F. Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living

G. Apgar Scoring System

H. Recommended Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedule

I. Examples of Pediatric Developmental Milestones

J. Sample of Community Resources Available for Older People

K. Sample Adult Physical Assessment Form with Guide

L. Seven Warning Signs of Cancer

M. Suggested Schedule of Health Screening for People Age 65 and Older With No Symptoms

N. Food Guide Pyramid

O. Healthy Weight Charts and Body Mass Index (BMI)

P. Physical Signs of Malnutrition and Deficiency State

Q. A Guide for Healthy Aging

R. Recommended Dietary Nutrients and Sources

S. Glasgow Coma Scale

T. Client Positions

U. Conversion Rules

V. Weights and Measures

W. Fahrenheit and Celsius Scales

X. Medication Card

Y. Newborn Physical Assessment Guide





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