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An essential part of preventive pediatric medicine is a complete and thorough physical assessment. Physical Assessment of a Child, Part 2 covers the examination of internal body functions, including the chest and lungs, heart, abdomen, musculoskeletal system, and neurological system.

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

This course will address general considerations and basic techniques for performing a thorough, gentle physical exam of internal 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 physical exam of internal systems on a preschool-age child.

For a step-by-step guide to performing a thorough exam of external body functions, take the course, 'Physical Assessment of a Child, Part 1.'

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
  • General Considerations
  • Chest and Lungs
  • The Heart
  • The Abdomen
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Neurological System
  • Conclusion

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with the basic techniques for performing a thorough, gentle physical assessment of a child's internal body functions. The course presents a systematic, step-by step process for performing a complete internal physical exam on a preschool-age child.

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

  • Perform a complete medical history of a child.
  • Perform an internal exam using the four basic techniques of a physical assessment.
  • Assess the health of the heart.
  • Evaluate the abdomen.
  • Determine abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Perform a complete neurological assessment.

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    Physical Assessment of a Child: Part 2 Online course
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