inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation
Explain the inspection technique.
observations, inspect symmetry, size, color, shape, position, deviations, normal v. abnormal findings
How is the palpation technique performed?
Hands and fingers are used to assess (feel) temperature, turgor, moisture, vibrations, and shape.
What are the 3 palpation techniques and when are they used for assessment?
Dorsum (back) of hand used for temperature assessment. Palm of hand used to assess vibrations. Palmar (front) of fingers and finger pads used to assess texture, shape, fluid, size, consistency, and pulsations.
What are the types of palpations?
Light palpation- less than 1 cm/ 0.5 inch Moderate palpation- 1 to 2 cm/ 0.5 to 0.75 inch Deep palpation- approximately 2 cm/ 1 inch
Area of ______________is palpated last.
What characteristics can you identify with palpations?