Physical Assessment

34 terms by cubbyr54 

Create a new folder

Advertisement Upgrade to remove ads

acute

begins abruptly with marked intensity

assessment

making an evaluation or appraisal of a patient's condition

auscultation

listening to sounds produced by the body

borborygmi

high pitched loud rushing bowel sounds

bruits

abnormal swishing sounds heard over organs, glands or arteries

chronic

Disease develops slowly and persist over long periods

crackles

fluid in the bronchioles and alveoli heard as crackling or bubbling on inspiration

disease

any disturbance of a stucture or function of the body

drainage

removal of fluids from a body cavity or wound.

dullness

percussion over a dense organ produces a thudlike sound

edema

swelling

erythema

redness

etiology

cause

exudate

fluid cells or other substances coming through pores or breaks in the skin

flatness

percussion over a muscle causing a soft high pitched flat sound

infection

invasion of microorganisms

inflammation

protective response of body tissues to irritation, injury or invasion by germs

inspection

purposeful observation

LOC

level of consciousness

neoplastic

abnormal growth of new tissue

objective data

signs seen by the nurse

subjective data

symptoms perceived by the patient

palpation

use of hands and sense of touch to gather information

percussion

use of fingertips to tap the body's surfact to produce vibration and sound

pruritus

itching

purulent

pus

signs

seen heard measured or felt

symptoms

pain, nausea, any sensation described by the patient

thrill

a vibrating sensation along an artery

turgor

Elasticity of the skin

tympany

drumlike sound over a hollow organ

wheezes

sounds produced by movement of air through narrowed passages in the traceobronchial tubes

sibilant

high pitched musical wheezes

sonorous

low pitched coarse gurgling or snoring

Please allow access to your computer’s microphone to use Voice Recording.

Having trouble? Click here for help.

We can’t access your microphone!

Click the icon above to update your browser permissions above and try again

Example:

Reload the page to try again!

Reload

Press Cmd-0 to reset your zoom

Press Ctrl-0 to reset your zoom

It looks like your browser might be zoomed in or out. Your browser needs to be zoomed to a normal size to record audio.

Please upgrade Flash or install Chrome
to use Voice Recording.

For more help, see our troubleshooting page.

Your microphone is muted

For help fixing this issue, see this FAQ.

Star this term

You can study starred terms together

NEW! Voice Recording

Create Set