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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.

  • Agenda

  • 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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