“Can you point to where it hurts?”
“We’ll talk more about that later in the interview.”
“What have you had to eat in the last 24 hours?”
“Have you ever had any surgeries on your abdomen?”
Question 14. Question: A teenage patient comes to the emergency department with complaints of an inability to “breathe and a sharp pain in my left chest.” The assessment findings include the following: cyanosis, tachypnea, tracheal deviation to the right, decreased tactile fremitus on the left, hyperresonance on the left, and decreased breath sounds on the left. This description is consistent with:
an asthmatic attack.
Question 15. Question: The inspection phase of the physical assessment:
yields little information.
takes time and reveals a surprising amount of information.
may be somewhat uncomfortable for the expert practitioner.
requires a quick glance at the patient’s body systems before proceeding on with palpation.