Assessment Techniques and the Clinical Setting

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Characteristics of Percussion

  • Resonant
  • Hypperresonant
  • Tympany
  • Dull
  • Flat
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Where does the physical exam begin and why?

the hands because:

  • They are easy to reach at any position
  • They reveal a great deal about the patiebt
  • They will always be clean and dry
  • They are a place people are accustomed being touched by strangers
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Characteristics assessed by Palpation

  • texture
  • temperature
  • moisture
  • organ location and size
  • swelling
  • vibration/pulsation
  • rigidity/spasticity
  • crepitation
  • presence of lumps or masses
  • presence of tenderness or pain
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what parts of the hand is used for palpation

Fingertips, grasping action of the fingers and thumb, dorsa of hands and fingers and base of hands