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"This handbook serves the needs of undergraduate medical students ,nursing students and is good refresher for Pediatric post graduates." Neel Kamal, Aug14

This portable, photo-rich guide to physical examination for Nurse Practitioners and other primary care providers will help you develop the unique range of skills required to assess children of all ages. System chapters begin with embryological development and review the key developmental stages of childhood. For infants and young children, this step-by-step guide uses the "quiet-to-active" approach favored by pediatric experts and considered more effective for this age-group than the traditional head-to-toe approach used for adults. Other key topics include pediatric mental health assessment and growth and development screening and surveillance.

  • Uses the quiet-to-active approach to the examination of infants and young children, starting with listening and moving on to touching, the pediatric assessment approach that yields the best results in this age group.
  • More than 300 photos and line drawings facilitate learning and familiarize you with common assessment findings.
  • Information Gathering tables highlight questions and data needed from the patient/guardian, with questions conveniently separated by age group, to help you take an accurate history.
  • Charting examples show you how to record physical examination findings in the health record and acquaint you with documentation language and format.
  • Pediatric Pearls highlight effective physical examination findings and techniques gleaned from actual practice.
  • Coverage of assessment of the preterm infant equips you with practical tools for assessing this unique pediatric population.
  • Full-color format facilitates readability and learning.
  • An easy-access two-column format provides quick access to concise information.
  • Spiral binding lets you lay the book flat or fold it back for easy visualization and quick reference in the clinical setting.
  • NEW! Expanded coverage of growth and development screening and surveillance reviews the methods and tools used for screening children for developmental delays and emotional and behavioral problems - one of the most challenging aspects of well-child care.
  • NEW! Expanded coverage of history-taking and charting, with special emphasis on electronic charting, dermatologic assessment of more darkly pigmented skin, and adolescent assessment, provides valuable, need-to-know information.
  • NEW! Expanded coverage of pediatric mental health assessment, including depression and anxiety, better equips you to assess for the 70% of adolescent mental health disorders that are thought to be unrecognized and untreated.
  • NEW! Family, Cultural, and Racial Considerations sections address the increasingly important areas of family and cultural assessment to prepare you for differences to anticipate when assessing children of different cultural or racial groups.
  • NEW! Enhanced illustration program featuring more than 50 new photos and illustrations better prepares you for clinical practice.
  • NEW Summary of Examination lists at the end of each examination chapter highlight key assessment points associated with each body system and serve as a convenient quick reference and learning aid.
  • NEW! Evidence-Based Practice Tips highlight useful research findings that guide you in your clinical practice.
  • NEW! New and updated content on congenital and acquired heart disease, disorders of sexual differentiation, and sports-related concussions, as well as updated autism screening guidelines and World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts, highlights important trends in pediatric primary care practice.
  • NEW! Improved Environmental Health History chapter, with new information on exposure to lead and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, culture-specific exposures, and diagnostic testing, addresses key toxicants and guides you in performing an environmental health screening history and establishing a risk profile for exposure to environmental pollutants.
  • NEW! Attractive new design improves readability and usability, as well as learning and reference value.

Pediatric Physical Examination: An Illustrated Handbook is an essential portable photographic guide to pediatric assessment for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Family Nurse Practitioners, and RNs who care for pediatric patients. It provides over 200 photographs and line drawings followed by brief, concise content that is useful when assessing a preterm infant, school-age child, or an adolescent. System chapters follow a consistent approach, starting with observation and listening, then moving on to the more active parts of physical assessment.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I found the experience of going through this book as very invigorating even when read with an intent to critique it. The range of child health aspects included in this handbook on Physical examination of children makes it outstanding. This authors have shown their awareness of the challenges of the contemporary service delivery , and hence the pressures on the clinicians. The importance of face to face consultation , the value of listening to the caregivers’ concern and their perception of the child’s difficulty leads to the application of the appropriate assessment and recommendation has been emphasized through out the book.

This handbook serves more than its obligatory purpose by inserting the relevant additional information about basic information. Addressing the needs of the parent while caring for the child has been given due importance.Various examination techniques have been very well explained and beautifully illustrated. This handbook serves the needs of undergraduate medical students ,nursing students and is good refresher for Pediatric post graduates."

Neel Kamal, Aug. 14

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Reviewer: Louise B. Kahn, RN, MSN, CPNP (University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center)
Description: This finely crafted handbook provides a concise and engaging overview of pediatric physical assessment and examination.
Purpose: The author intends for the handbook to be used in the education of pediatric primary healthcare providers and to augment the skills of healthcare providers working with children across pediatric health settings. This kind of quick reference is needed in the fast-paced healthcare delivery system, and provides wonderful pediatric pearls and cultural content not otherwise available. The book exceeds the author's objectives.
Audience: This handbook is intended for use in educating pediatric primary healthcare providers, but will be useful for expert providers as well. The author is an educator, pediatric expert, and authority in the field.
Features: An excellent unit covers general assessment of the pediatric patient and family, and separate chapters present in-depth system-specific assessment of the infant, toddler, child, and adolescent. I found the addition of cultural considerations and examples of charting in almost all of the chapters to be extremely relevant to my practice, and enjoyed the pediatric pearls. The photographs and illustrations are clear and well labeled. I was a little disappointed that the author did not provide more information on common pitfalls that can occur due to lack of cultural familiarity with non-Caucasian patients, such as a photograph and description of Mongolian spots on dark-skinned infants or moxibustion marks that may be visible after a family has had the child treated with Asian medical modalities.
Assessment: This is an excellent contribution to the field, and will be an excellent educational and practice tool for any primary healthcare provider. The numerous photographs and illustrations are extremely helpful, and of better quality that those in other pediatric handbooks.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323100069
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 138,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

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Table of Contents

Unit I: General Assessment

  1. Approach to Care and Assessment of Children and Adolescents
  2. Assessment Parameters
  3. Developmental Surveillance and Screening
  4. Comprehensive Information Gathering
  5. Environmental Health History
  6. Unit II: System-Specific Assessment

  7. Skin
  8. Heart and Vascular System
  9. Chest and Respiratory System
  10. Head and Neck
  11. Lymphatic System
  12. Eyes
  13. Ears
  14. Nose, Mouth, and Throat
  15. Abdomen and Rectum
  16. Male Genitalia
  17. Male and Female Breast
  18. Female Genitalia
  19. Musculoskeletal System
  20. Neurological System
  21. Unit III: Charting Pediatric Health Care Visits

  22. Charting Pediatric Comprehensive and Symptom-Focused Health Care Visits


Appendix A Gender- and Age-Specific Growth Charts and Preterm Growth Chart

AppendixB Body Mass Index-for-Age Growth Charts

AppendixC Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)

AppendixD Pediatric Symptom Checklist

AppendixE Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Screener

AppendixF Pediatric Environmental History

AppendixG Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT 2)

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