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From The CriticsReviewer: Ellen M. McCahon, RN, MSN, CRNP (National Naval Medical Center Bethesda)
Description: This text is a portable clinical reference designed for evaluation of the adult patient using a review-of-systems format. In addition, a pediatric variation is found at the conclusion of each chapter. Thus the text can be used by an expanded group of students and healthcare providers.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference to review and recall procedures for physical exam of the adult patient. Tools for and techniques regarding the topics of interviewing, examination of patients, and documentation of clinical findings are included.
Audience: The intended readership is the student of nursing, medicine, or other allied health sciences, as well as the current practicing health care provider. This book is not designed for the advanced pediatric practitioner.
Features: Features include an easy-to-use reference organization of patient assessment, in head-to-toe sequence. Color photos provide additional information on patient positioning and exam techniques. History taking and documentation strategies are also discussed. Logical, step-by-step exam procedures, evaluation of both normal and abnormal findings, and suggestions as to possible etiologies of any abnormal findings are provided in each chapter. Important facts are highlighted in charts and tables.
Assessment: This reference is a portable, easy to use text that can be utilized as a resource during clinical experiences of both student and practicing healthcare providers. The material is concise and logically organized. This is an excellent addition to the reference library of any healthcare provider.