The causes of abdominal pain can be extremely varied due to the sheer number of structures, organs, and functions within the abdomen. If abdominal pain is caused by a life-threatening condition, then swift and accurate assessment is essential.
In preparation for the Comprehensive (Head-to-Toe) Physical Assessment due in Week 9, it is recommended that you practice performing an abdominal examination this week.
Note: This is an optional practice physical assessment.
- Arrange an appropriate time and setting with a volunteer “patient” to perform an abdominal examination.
- Download and review Adult Examination Checklist: Guide for Abdominal Assessment, provided in this week’s Learning Resources, as well as review the Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination online media.
Optional Practice Assessment
- Perform the abdominal examination. Be sure to cover all of the areas listed in the checklist and to use the equipment appropriately.