Physical Examination and Health Assessment with CD-ROM / Edition 3

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This comprehensive, easy-to-read, full-color textbook is a standard in physical assessment that features a holistic approach and a strong nursing perspective. Step-by-step guidelines demonstrate the skills necessary to take a complete health history and perform a thorough physical examination on clients of all ages and cultural backgrounds, as well as pregnant women. This edition includes over 240 new full-color photographs and illustrations depicting a wide range of conditions. It also contains a new chapter on the pregnant female. Video Critical Thinking Questions in each body system chapter correspond with the Saunders Physical Examination and Health Assessment Series. Nursing diagnoses are separated into Risk and Wellness categories. This edition also includes updated appendices on the 1999 Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule for the U.S. and the CDC Standard Precautions and Transmission-Based Precautions.

(Includes a CD ROM with case studies and a FREE SIMON website at: www.harcourthealth.com/SIMON/Jarvis/)

The book contains predominantly color illustrations, with some black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Candace M. Gortney
This book is a tool with references for completing a patient history and physical exam (query, performance, and documentation). This third edition contains enhancements in the areas of obstetrics, transcultural concerns, and expanded abnormal findings. The purpose is to prepare nurses to perform history and physical examinations. It has been expanded to include areas missing from prior editions and other texts. These are worthy objectives. The cultural content is excellent. The author's objectives are met, although far more is included than the generic student can incorporate, and it is an insufficient source to be used as a reference by experienced practitioners. The author should focus on what she is trying to do - either provide a nursing text or a physical examination tool. Trying to do both means a less than ideal product for either. Written for student nurses, the diagnosis component is too inclusive for BSN student needs. The text is too superficial for advanced practitioners to use as a reference but is excellent for a physical diagnosis assessment course. The author is well known. Issues related to completing a history, performance and documentation, common physical examination findings, and abnormalities are featured. The presentation is strong on cultural issues, obstetrics and pediatrics, immunization schedules, self-care, and health promotion content. The concept of nursing diagnosis is clearly described in table format. There are excellent tables with the current USPSTF recommendations. Additionally the color plates, pediatric neurological assessment, and transcultural sections are particularly useful. There are some distinct absences (diagnostic maneuvers) anderrors (TB cannot be diagnosed by physical exam, for example). Some errors of omission are adult and travel immunizations, physical diagnostic maneuvers (such as knee, shoulder, Weber, and Rinne tests). Examples of abnormal appear to be chosen by whether a photograph was available, rather than on the likelihood of prevalence. I thought the author tried to present a text for all levels of nurses, and her objective suffered because of this. What makes this type of book valuable for novices makes it unnecessary for the expert. By being so broad, it does not include what more experts need and could not be used as a full scope reference. Providing tables of immunization for 1999 dates the book, and only includes information for children. This edition's increase in content makes it more valuable to the nursing student and less valuable as a resource to the experienced practitioner.
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Reviewer: Candace M. Gortney, BSN, MSN, CFNP (U.S. Navy)
Description:This book is a tool with references for completing a patient history and physical exam (query, performance, and documentation). This third edition contains enhancements in the areas of obstetrics, transcultural concerns, and expanded abnormal findings.
Purpose:The purpose is to prepare nurses to perform history and physical examinations. It has been expanded to include areas missing from prior editions and other texts. These are worthy objectives. The cultural content is excellent. The author's objectives are met, although far more is included than the generic student can incorporate, and it is an insufficient source to be used as a reference by experienced practitioners. The author should focus on what she is trying to do - either provide a nursing text or a physical examination tool. Trying to do both means a less than ideal product for either.
Audience:Written for student nurses, the diagnosis component is too inclusive for BSN student needs. The text is too superficial for advanced practitioners to use as a reference but is excellent for a physical diagnosis assessment course. The author is well known.
Features:Issues related to completing a history, performance and documentation, common physical examination findings, and abnormalities are featured. The presentation is strong on cultural issues, obstetrics and pediatrics, immunization schedules, self-care, and health promotion content. The concept of nursing diagnosis is clearly described in table format. There are excellent tables with the current USPSTF recommendations. Additionally thecolor plates, pediatric neurological assessment, and transcultural sections are particularly useful. There are some distinct absences (diagnostic maneuvers) and errors (TB cannot be diagnosed by physical exam, for example). Some errors of omission are adult and travel immunizations, physical diagnostic maneuvers (such as knee, shoulder, Weber, and Rinne tests). Examples of abnormal appear to be chosen by whether a photograph was available, rather than on the likelihood of prevalence.
Assessment:I thought the author tried to present a text for all levels of nurses, and her objective suffered because of this. What makes this type of book valuable for novices makes it unnecessary for the expert. By being so broad, it does not include what more experts need and could not be used as a full scope reference. Providing tables of immunization for 1999 dates the book, and only includes information for children. This edition's increase in content makes it more valuable to the nursing student and less valuable as a resource to the experienced practitioner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721697697
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/1/1902
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 956
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Assessment of the Whole Person: Assessment for Health and Illness · Developmental Tasks and Health Promotion Across the Life Cycle · Transcultural Considerations in Assessment · The Interview · The Complete Health History · Mental Status Assessment · Nutritional Assessment · Physical Examination: Assessment Techniques and Approach to the Clinical Setting · General Survey, Measurement, Vital Signs · Skin, Hair, and Nails · Head and Neck, Including Regional Lymphatics · Eyes · Ears · Nose, Mouth, and Throat · Breasts and Regional Lymphatics · Thorax and Lungs · Heart and Neck Vessels · Peripheral Vascular System and Lymphatic System · Abdomen · Musculoskeletal System · Neurologic System · Male Genitalia · Anus, Rectum, and Prostate · Female Genitalia · The Pregnant Female · Integration of the Health Assessment: The Complete Health Assessment: Putting It All Together · Critical Thinking in Health Assessment · Appendixes: Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule: United States, January-December 1999 · Recommended Immunization Schedules for Children Not Immunized in the First Year of Life · Recommended Dietary Allowances · Pattern of Normal Prenatal Weight Gain · Selected Percentiles of Triceps Skinfold Thickness and Bone-Free Upper Arm Area by Height in U.S. Men, Age 25 to 54 Years, with Small, Medium and Large Frames · Selected Percentiles of Triceps Skinfold Thickness and Bone-Free Upper Arm Area by Height in U.S. Women, Age 25 to 54 Years, with Small, Medium and Large Frames · Percentiles of Upper Arm Circumference and Estimated Upper Arm Muscle Circumference · Frame Size by Elbow Breadth of Male and Female Adults in the United States · Standard Precautions · Transmission-Based Precautions · Sample Growth Charts for Girls and Boys (Height and Weight) · Maturational Assessment of Gestational Age (New Ballard Score) · Classification of Newborns (both sexes) by Intrauterine Growth and Gestational Age · Blood Pressure Levels for the 90th and 95th Percentiles of Blood Pressure for Girls Age 1-17 Years by Percentiles of Height · Blood Pressure Levels for the 90th and 95th Percentiles of Blood Pressure for Boys Age 1-17 Years by Percentiles of Height
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