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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.

  • 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
  • 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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