Be prepared in any clinical setting with this portable, full-color, illustrated guide. Key information includes differential diagnosis tips, pediatric variations, sample documentation, and other helpful assessment data for quick reference. Separate chapters cover age-specific exams for infants, children, and adolescents, the healthy female evaluation, and reporting and documenting findings.
• The two-column format featuring Exam Techniques, Expected Findings, and Unexpected Findings provides quick and reliable reference to key exam steps.
• Over 250 full-color figures depicting anatomy and physiology, exam procedures, and normal and abnormal findings offer a visual guide to performing exams.
• Documentation examples promote concise yet thorough patient charting for each system exam.
• Aids to Differential Diagnosis Tables summarize distinguishing characteristics of abnormalities, making it easier to identify patients’ symptoms.
• Lists of the equipment required in preparation for each system exam facilitate efficiency in the practice setting.
• Color-coded tables highlight pediatric variations and provide quick-reference coverage of developmental considerations specific to pediatric patients.
• Updates throughout reflect the latest research and evidence-based practice findings on all aspects of the physical exam.
• New content on electronic charting reflects the shift to electronic medical records in clinical practice and offers a current resource on what and how to chart.
• An updated drug table provides a list of physical findings potentially related to common classes of drugs.
Reviewer:Carole Ann Kenner, DNS, MSN, BSN(Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences)
Description:This sixth edition of the physical examination handbook presents up-to-date information on how to perform a history and physical for patients across the lifespan. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose:The books purpose is to guide the novice student through the process of taking a history and conducting a physical examination. These are worthy objectives and are met.
Audience:The intended audience is the health professional student. This is according to the author and reviewer. The authors are very credible.
Features:This book's edition contains the usual information on anatomy and physiologyk, review of related history, examination and findings, and common abnormalities. In addition it presents more information on clinical pearls, mnemonics, and physical variations to highlight special considerations. It has placed an emphasis on maintaining health or staying well and evidence to support various aspects of the physical examination. The book presents an integrated package for teaching learning complete with ancillary package materials-online faculty course resources, student laboratory manual, and evolve select and student consult-both online that offers linking and cross-referencing with other Elsevier texts. The Companion CD-ROM provides intractive activities. Symbols are used in the text to direct the user to the companion CD-ROM for additional materials. The illustrations throughout the text are full color adding to the appeal and ease of use of the book's content.
Assessment:This is one of the best physical examination books on the market. The integrated package offers faculty and student maximum learning. The additional features that have been included in this edition make it more appealing for use with learners that seek more interactivity and bulleted information.