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Greet client and explain purpose of exam; wash or purell before entering patient room. Introduce yourself as a student Nurse. Ask patient to remember three words: APPLE, BOAT, CHEESE.
General survey- appearance, facial expression, speech, mental state; Speech is clear, slurred, rapid, slow, no evidence of pain, face symmetrical. Alert and oriented to person, place and time.
Have client close eyes; Assess for asymmetry of lids may indicate CN III damager or from a stroke.
Test EOMs; test 6 cardinal fields of gaze (test cranial nerves III, IV, and VI- oculomotor, trochlear, and abducens nerves. Change in ICP may affect EOMs and papillary reaction.
Inspect conjunctiva for color by pulling lid down; abnormal findings would be pallor, dryness, edema
Test pupillary response with penlight- direct, describe what is see; When you shine a light in the right eye, the right pupil reaction is direct; the left eye is consensual. Repeat the test with the left eye.
Test pupillary response with penlight- consensual, describe what is seen; Sluggish or fixed pupils may result from CN II damage or brain injury. Absence of consensual response may result from nerve compression or anoxia.
Test pupil accommodation- explain; Have the patient look straight ahead and focus on an object 30cm (12in) from his face. Slowly bring the object in toward the patient's eye. Note the pupil size and location.
Inspect external structure of ear; Ears should be 4-10 cm in size. Color of ears should be same as skin color. Assess for any drainage, odor or pain when assessing ears.
Inspect palate; Assess for cleft palate, pink in color. Uvula is midline. Tonsils are pink with out lesions or exudates.
Have client say "ah"- what do you observe for?; Uvula should rise when patient says ah- CN IX
Check for gag reflex; Assess to see that gag reflex is present, older adult may have delayed gag reflex. Absence of gag reflex may indicate extreme sedation, head injury, damage to CN IX and X.
Shrug shoulders against resistance; Asymmetrical movement, pain, or absent movement indicates CN XI disorders
Examination of skin- color, lesions, skin temperature, moisture; Note any lesions, if find describe, ask if new or old and change in area *note any break down on bony prominences
Check for skin turgor on arm; Assess for tenting of skin, greater than 3 seconds to return to original origin.
Examine nail beds, color, texture, abnormalities; Healthy nails are level, firm, and similar to the color of the skin, the shape is convex, abnormal would be yellow, blue, black discoloration, spoon shaped (concave) nails are associated with iron deficiency
Check for capillary refill; Assess for immediate capillary refill less than 3 seconds, greater than 3 seconds is delayed, may indicate oxygen deprivation.
Observe respiratory excursion-observe hand expansion; Assess if they are easy,labored, rapid. If labored what would you assess, pulse OX, must be greater than 90%
Palpate respiratory excursion-observe hand expansion;Place hands at base of the client's chest with fingers spread and thumbs out about 5cm apart (at the costal margin anteriorly and at the 8th to 10th rib posteriorly) chest excursion should be symmetrical.
Palpate for tactile fremitus; Palpate for vibrations as the client says '99'. Increased fremitus occurs with conditions that cause fluid in the lungs. Decreased or absent fremitus occurs when there is emphysema, asthma.
Auscultate heart sounds- base to apex, identify aortic area; Right 2nd intercostal space is the best place to hear the aortic
Identify pulmonic area- auscultate; The lest 2nd intercostal space is the best place to palpate the pulmonic valve.
Identify tricuspid area-auscultate; From the apex, slide your finger up to the 4th intercostal space, then move close to the sternum.
Identify mitral area-auscultate; You may be able to locate the apex by observing the pulsation at the PMI. It is at the 5th intercostal space in the midclavicular line.
When would you use the bell of your stethoscope?; When assessing carotids to assess for bruit. Bruit may indicate carotid stenosis.
Inspect abdomen for pulsations, peristalsis; Pulsation may indicate an aortic aneurysm, peristaltic waves may indicate and intestinal obstruction
Auscultate bowel sounds, demonstrate where to start and proceed in order; Always start RLQ and follow the large intestine. Tympany with dullness over organs or fluid is present.
Have client stand, inspect spine; Assess spine for curvature. Cervical and lumbar curves are concave; thoracic and sacral curves are convex.
Have client do heel to toe walking; Balance problems may indicate a cerebellar disorder, and inner ear problem or muscle weakness.
Romberg test; Have patient stand with hands toward side and then have them close eyes and see if any swaying occurs.
Perform ROM in all joints; would assess if ROM is active or passive, always supporting the joints and extremities when doing passive ROM
Patellar reflex; Have patient sit on edge of bed with legs dangling. Strike the tendon directly below the patella, +2 responses with contraction of quadriceps with extension of leg.
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