A client with fever, weight loss, and watery diarrhea is being admitted to the facility. While assessing the client, a nurse inspects the client's abdomen and notices that it's slightly concave. Additional assessment should proceed in which order?
1. Auscultation, percussion, and palpation
2. Palpation, percussion, and auscultation
3. Percussion, palpation, and auscultation
4. Palpation, auscultation, and percussion
RATIONALES: The correct order of assessment for examining the abdomen is inspection, auscultation, percussion, and palpation. The reason for this approach is that the less intrusive techniques should be performed before the more intrusive techniques. Percussion and palpation can alter natural findings during auscultation.