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This pocket-sized book is a step-by-step, illustrated guide to health assessment that teaches students to distinguish normal from abnormal findings through careful history taking and physical examination. Chapters are arranged by body system and begin with a brief but concise summary of the body system's anatomy. The new second edition features Focused Rapid Assessment boxes with common presenting symptoms for eight common complaints: headache, fever, chest pain, shortness of breath, change in mental status, abdominal pain, back pain, and dizziness; cultural and lifespan considerations; and updated content throughout to provide clinical currency.

"...a pocket-sized guide to history-taking and physical assessment...organized by system, each chapter begins with a summary of the anatomy and follows with a step-by-step expla nation of the process used to assess that particular system.

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Reviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This general guide to health assessment uses a systems approach and focused rapid assessment boxes, guiding students through the health assessment process across the lifespan.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students with an easy to use, portable guide. Its compactness allows easy use in the clinical area. The format gives a step-by-step process for students to follow when conducting a health asseessment. These are worthy objectives, which the book meets.
Audience: This book is written primarily for the student nurse. However, this guide also would provide a nice refresher for nurses who have been out of the practice area for a while.
Features: The format follows the method of conducting a health assessment beginning wiht the health history, physical assessment, and general assessments. Each body system is then covered. The appendixes offer supporting materials on immunization schedules for both adults and children, review of standard precautions, signs of abuse, general laboratory values, and other assessment guidelines such as height and weight. The addition of pain as the fifth vital sign demonstrates one of the major differences between this edition and the previous one. Three different icons are used to illustrate geriatric content, pediatric content, and transcultural information. The format is step-up to guide even the most inexperienced student through the process. Illustrations are peppered throughout the narrative to help students visualize the material. Although there is pediatric and cultural content, it is sparse.
Assessment: This book is compact in size, easier to take in to the clinical area than most other health assessment books. Its quality is comparable to other books. The additions of the focused rapid assessment to help the student hone in quickly to key assessment features is important in today's healthcare environment. The addition of the material to reflect culture and assessment of pain make the second edition more complete than the previous one.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721689890
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

The Health History · The Physical Examination · The General Survey · Nutritional Assessment · Mental Status Assessment · Skin, Hair, and Nails · Head · Eye · Ear · Nose and Sinuses · Mouth and Throat · Neck · Breasts and Axillae · Chest and Lungs · Heart · Peripheral Vascular System · Abdomen · Female Genitalia (Genitourinary System) · Male Genitalia (Genitourinary System) · Anus, Rectum, and Prostate · Musculoskeletal System · Nervous System · Recommended Immunization for Children and Adults in US · Standard Precautions · Signs of Abuse · Height and Weight Tables · Daily Requirements of Basic Food Groups · Normal Laboratory Values · Bibliography · Index

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