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An essential part of preventive pediatric medicine is a complete and thorough physical assessment. Physical Assessment of a Child, Part 1 covers the evaluation of external body functions, including measuring physical growth, checking vital signs, observing general appearance of the whole person and the skin, vision testing and performing a comprehensive exam of the head and neck.

Whether examining internal or external body functions, it's critical to tailor each aspect of the physical assessment to the child's age and level of physical development. It's also important to consider any special medical needs.

This course will also address general considerations and basic techniques for performing a thorough, gentle exam of external body functions. The best way to ensure a thorough assessment is to develop a systematic method for performing the exam. As an example, the course presents a step-by-step process for performing a complete external exam on a preschool-age child.

For a step-by-step guide to performing a thorough exam of internal body functions, take the course, 'Physical Assessment of a Child, Part 2 .'

To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Study the Content.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test.

    The material is organized around the following categories:

  • Introduction
  • Conducting the Physical Assessment
  • Growth Measurements
  • Physiological Measurements
  • General Appearance and Skin

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with the basic techniques for checking vital function and performing a thorough, gentle external physical assessment of a child. The course presents a systematic, step-by step process for performing an external physical exam on a preschool-age child.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Perform a complete medical history of the child.
  • Perform an exam using the four basic techniques of a physical assessment.
  • Accurately measure physical growth, including weight, height, and head circumference.
  • Evaluate the status of vital functions.
  • Assess the child's general appearance and skin.
  • Thoroughly examine the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and throat.
  • Test a child's vision, including binocularity, visual acuity, peripheral vision, and color vision.

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