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Practical Approach to the Physical Assessment: The Clinician's Roadmap
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
6 hr 3 min
Multi-disc video recording with electronic manual and instructions
PESI HealthCare
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  1. List eight system elements included in a review of systems.
  2. Identify three strategies to assess patients for low health literacy.
  3. Revise documented entries applying the “FACT” rule.
  4. Interpret arterial blood gases in a flash.
  5. Name three signs and symptoms of inadequate oxygenation.
  6. Identify the waveforms of a normal EKG pattern.
  7. Discuss possible etiology and significance of common cardiovascular assessment abnormalities.
  8. Identify structures in regions of the abdomen.
  9. Discuss abdominal assessment findings that warrant emergent intervention intestinal obstructions.
  10. Incorporate the cranial nerves assessment, Glasgow coma scale, and reflex grading scale to the neurologic exam.


Communication Skills and Interview Strategies

  • Communications strategies for sensitive topics
    • Mental health issues
    • Drug/alcohol issues
    • Sexuality issues
    • Other sensitive issues
  • General literacy & health literacy

Core Adult History and Physical Exam Skills

  • Accountability for obtaining baseline data
    • Recording the assessment
    • Reporting relevant data
  • Past medical history
  • Chief complaint
    • Analysis of a symptom
    • Remember “OPQRST”
  • Elements of a history
    • Problem focused
    • Detailed
    • Comprehensive

Physical Exam Techniques

  • Inspection
  • Palpation
  • Percussion
  • Auscultation

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Assessment
  • Nursing diagnosis
  • Planning & outcome identification
  • Implementation
  • Evaluation

Documenting the Physical Exam

  • Electronic medical records
  • Strategies to overcome the dangers of
  • Charting by Exception
  • Legal implications & nursing standards


Integumentary System

  • Legal issues surrounding the skin
  • Assessment and common abnormalities
    • Anatomy of the skin
    • Pressure sore staging/grading
    • National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel

Head and Neck

  • Assessment and common abnormalities
  • Abnormal facial features

Thorax and Lungs

  • Assessment and common abnormalities
    • Respiratory landmarks
    • Oxygen transport and delivery
    • Abnormal breath sounds
  • Acute respiratory failure
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • ABG interpretation

Cardiac and Vascular Systems

  • Assessment and common abnormalities
    • Cardiac landmarks
    • Basic EKG analysis
  • Abnormal heart sounds


  • Assessment and common abnormalities
    • Abdominal landmarks

Musculoskeletal System

  • Assessment and common abnormalities
    • Grading muscle tone and strength
  • Osteoarthritis vs autoimmune

Nervous System

  • Assessment and common abnormalities
  • Autonomic nervous system
    • Parasympathetic nervous system
    • Sympathetic nervous system
  • Interactive cranial nerves
    • Normal findings
    • Abnormal significance
  • Head injury
    • “Nature of the injury”
    • Concussion
    • Increasing intracranial pressure

Case Studies



Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant, MS, RN, CNS, LHRN, LNCC, has nearly three decades of clinical, management and consulting experience. Rachel is a legal nurse consultant certified (LNCC), a licensed healthcare risk manager (LHRM) and she holds a forensic nurse certificate (FNC). As a legal nurse consultant, Rachel works with attorneys, law firms and healthcare organizations to review and evaluate medical records for compliance with standards of care and regulations posed by accreditation agencies, including The Joint Commission. In addition to her legal insights, Rachel draws from vast clinical experiences, including work in: critical care, renal transplant, dialysis and surgical settings. Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant is the Owner of Medical Legal Concepts, LLC. She is an Adjunct Instructor for the School of Nursing at Palm Beach State College. Ms. Cartwright-Vanzant receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Rachel Cartwright-Vanzant has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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