Module 10: Physical Examination

Observation or inspection is the process of obtaining information by observing the patient — their level of consciousness, nutritional status, skin color, posture, gait, asymmetry, mannerisms and personal hygiene.

Observation or Inspection

Length: 1 minutesComplexity: Standard

Observation or inspection is the process of obtaining information by observing the patient.

Palpation

Length: 1 minutesComplexity: Easy

Palpation is an examination of the body using touch.

Percussion

Length: 1 minutesComplexity: Easy

Percussion is the process of eliciting sounds by tapping body parts.

Auscultation

Length: 1 minutesComplexity: Easy

Auscultation is the process of listening to body sounds with a stethoscope.

Mensuration

Length: 2 minutesComplexity: Standard

The mensuration method of examination uses the process of measuring.

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