Mosby's Pocket Guide for Health Assessment / Edition 6

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This portable, practical guide covers all aspects of health assessment in a concise, step-by-step format. The logical head-to-toe organization provides a quick reference whether assessing a specific body system or conducting a complete physical exam. Up to date, streamlined, and clinically focused, this new edition is perfect for use in any setting.

• Chapters take a consistent, step-by-step approach to body system assessment with headings for Critical Thinking Application, Equipment, Patient Preparation, and History.
• Unexpected Assessment Findings present Findings, Significance, and Nursing Interventions for situations requiring immediate action.
• Highlights important patient safety, comfort, and effective assessment information.
• Delegation Considerations define the appropriate role of assistive personnel.
• Patient Education sections emphasize teaching opportunities in client interactions.

• Spiral binding allows for ease of use.
• 2-column format presents assessment techniques, as well as normal and abnormal findings, in a clear and easy-to-follow layout.
• Cultural Variations — including new coverage of East Indian, Middle Eastern, and East European Block ethnic groups — highlight client preferences and significant assessment findings.
• Age-Specific Variations include considerations for pediatric, adolescent, and older adult age groups.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Carole A. Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Council of International Neonatal Nurses)
Description: This quick reference will guide readers through each step of the health assessment. The inclusion of delegation considerations is an important addition. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a useful resource to anyone conducting a physical or health assessment in any clinical setting. This worthy objective is met.
Audience: The target audience includes either students or experts who just want a quick refresher or reference for those assessment points not often used.
Features: The book starts in a traditional fashion with critical thinking and decision-making, then health history and preparing for the examination. The subsequent sections are according to body systems and end with nutritional assessment. The appendixes are very good charts that include typical Snellen chart and temperature ranges, but also information about healthy eating, including vegetarian diets. The new features in this edition emphasize normal and abnormal findings, advanced assessment skills, and patient education tips.
Assessment: There are many health assessment guides on the market. Most follow similar formats. One example is Nursing Health Assessment: Clinical Pocket Guide, by Dillon (F.A. Davis, 2004), in which the emphasis is on validation of findings. This sixth edition addresses the new emphasis on patient-focused care with patient education tips. It also contains more quick reference tables. These changes were necessary for the book to compete in the current market.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323042291
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Series: Nursing Pocket Guides Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 262,347
  • Product dimensions: 4.84 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner and Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, Private Practice, St. Louis, MO, USA

Research Scientist, Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

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Table of Contents

1. Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision Making

2. Application of Critical Thinking and Clinical Decision Making

3. Nursing Health History and Interview Process

4. Preparing for the Physical Examination

5. Integument

6. Head, Neck, and Lymph Nodes

7. Eyes

8. Ears

9. Nose and Sinuses

10. Mouth, Pharynx, and Throat

11. Thorax and Lungs

12. Heart and Vascular System

13. Breasts

14. Abdomen

15. Female Genital-Urinary

16. Male Genital-Urinary

17. Rectum and Anus

18. Musculoskeletal System

19. Neurological System

20. Nutrition


Appendix A: NANDA List of Nursing Diagnosis

Appendix B: Temperature Conversion Chart

Appendix C: Adult Height and Weight Table

Appendix D: Body Mass Index

Appendix E: Snellen Eye Chart

Appendix F: E Chart

Appendix G: Rosenbaum Chart for Near Vision

Appendix H: U.S. Food Guide Pyramid

Appendix I: Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating

Appendix J: Vegetarian Food Pyramid

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