Health Assessment

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  1. Practice
  2. Supplies
    • Cotton Ball
    • Tongue Depressor
    • Gloves
    • B/P Cuff
    • Stethoscope
    • Light
  3. A-P-G-A-R
    • A-P-G-A-R:
    • A - appearance (color)
    • P - pulse (heart rate)
    • G - grimmace (reflex, irritability)
    • A - activity (muscle tone)
    • R - respiratory effort
  4. Predisposing Conditions for Pulmonary Embolism: TOM SCHREPFER
    • T--trauma
    • O--obesity
    • M--malignancy
    • S--surgery
    • C--cardiac disease
    • H--hospitalization
    • R--rest (bed-bound)
    • E--estrogen, pregnancy, post-partum
    • P--past hx
    • F--fracture
    • E--elderly
    • R--road trip
  5. The 4 P's of arterial Occlusion:
    • pain
    • pallor
    • pulselessness
    • paresthesias
  6. The 4 T's of Anterior Mediastinal Mass:
    • Thyroid tumor,
    • Thymoma,
    • Teratoma,
    • Terrible Lymphoma
  7. WBC Count:
    Never Let Momma Eat Beans (60, 30, 6, 3, 1)
    • Neutrophils 60%
    • Lymphocytes 30%
    • Monocytes 6%
    • Eosinophils 3%
    • Basophils 1%
  8. The five W's--post-operative fever
    • Wind--pneumonia, atelectasis
    • Water--urinary tract infection
    • Wound--wound infections
    • Wonderdrugs--especially anesthesia
    • Walking--walking can help reduce deep vein thromboses and pulmonary embolus
  9. P-Q-R-S-T--eliciting and HPI and exploring symptoms
    • P--palliative or provocative factors for the pain
    • Q--quality of pain(burning, stabbing, aching, etc.)
    • R--region of body affected
    • S--severity of pain(usually 1-10scale)
    • T--timing of pain(eg.-after meals, in the morning, etc.)
  10. CAGE--alcohol use screening
    • 1. Have you ever felt it necessary to CUT DOWN on your drinking?
    • 2. Has anyone ever told you they were ANNOYED by your drinking?
    • 3. Have you ever felt GUILTY about your drinking?
    • 4. Have you ever felt the need to have a drink in the morning for an EYE OPENER?
  11. GET SMASH'D--Causes of Acute pancreatitis
    • Gallstones,
    • Ethanol,
    • Trauma,
    • Steroids,
    • Mumps,
    • Autoimmune(PAN),
    • Scorpion bites,
    • Hyperlipidemia,
    • Drugs(azathioprine, diuretics)
  12. One heart two lungs--beta receptor activity
    • Beta-1 primarily on heart;
    • airway is beta-2 receptors
  13. INsulin gets sugar INto cells- (Excess sugar is removed via urine.
    The Romans noticed bees attracted to the urine of diabetics and coined the term "diabetes" to describe the overflow of sugar.)
  14. Innervation of Extraocularmotor Muscles: LR6 SO4 3LR6--
    • Lateral rectus--> VI abductens
    • SO4--Superior Oblique--> IV Trochlear
    • 3--The remaining 4 eyeball movers = III Oculomotor
  15. 2 Muscle of mastication- Lateral Lowers- lateral pterygoid is the one that opens the jaw
    4 Muscles of Mastication MTPP (which could be read as "Empty Peepee") -masseter, temporal, lateral and medial pterygoids --
  16. You have I nose. You have II eyes.
    • I - Olfactory;
    • II -- Optic
  17. SAD PUCKER:
    • Suprarenal glands
    • Aorta & IVC
    • Duodenum (half)
    • Pancreas
    • Ureters
    • Colon (ascending & descending)
    • Kidneys
    • Esophagus (anterior & left covered)
    • Rectum
  18. MACULEA
    macule is a change in the color of the skin. It is flat, if you were to close your eyes and run your fingers over the surface of a purely macular lesion, you could not detect it. A macule greater than 1 cm. may be referred to as a patch.
  19. PAPULEA
    papule is a solid raised lesion that has distinct borders and is less than 1 cm in diameter. Papules may have a variety of shapes in profile (domed, flat-topped, umbilicated) and may be associated with secondary features such as crusts or scales.
  20. NODULEA
    nodule is a raised solid lesion more than 1 cm. and may be in the epidermis, dermis, or subcutaneous tissue.
  21. TUMORA
    tumor is a solid mass of the skin or subcutaneous tissue; it is larger than a nodule. (Please bear in mind this definition does not at all mean that the lesion is a neoplasm.)
  22. PLAQUEA
    plaque is a solid, raised, flat-topped lesion greater than 1 cm. in diameter. It is analogous to the geological formation, the plateau.
  23. VESICLEV
    esicles are raised lesions less than 1 cm. in diameter that are filled with clear fluid.
  24. BULLAE
    Bullae are circumscribed fluid-filled lesions that are greater than 1 cm. in diameter.
  25. PUSTULE
    Pustules are circumscribed elevated lesions that contain pus. They are most commonly infected (as in folliculitis) but may be sterile (as in pustular psoriasis)
  26. WHEAL
    A wheal is an area of edema in the upper epidermis.10. BURROWBurrows are linear lesions produced by infestation of the skin and formation of tunnels (e.g., with infestation by the scabitic mite or by cutaneous larva migrans).
  27. TELANGIECTASIA
    • Telangiectasia are the permanent dilatation of superficial blood vessels in the skin and may occur as isolated phenomena or as part of a generalized disorder, such as ataxia telangiectasia.
    • Tutorial B: The Secondary Lesions Secondary lesions may evolve from primary lesions, or may be caused by external forces such as scratching, trauma, infection, or the healing process. The distinction between a primary and secondary lesion is not always clear.
  28. SCALE
    Scale consists of flakes or plates that represent compacted desquamated layers of stratum corneum. Desquamation occurs when there are peeling sheets of scale following acute injury to the skin.
  29. CRUST
    Crusting is the result of the drying of plasma or exudate on the skin. Please remember that crusting is different from scaling. The two terms refer to different phenomena and are not interchangeable. One can usually be distinguished from the other by appearance alone.
  30. ATROPHY
    Atrophy is thinning or absence of the epidermis or subcutaneous fat.
  31. LICHENIFICATION
    "Lichenification" refers to a thickening of the epidermis seen with exaggeration of normal skin lines. It is usually due to chronic rubbing or scratching of an area.
  32. EROSION
    Erosions are slightly depressed areas of skin in which part or all of the epidermis has been lost.
  33. EXCORIATION
    Excoriations are traumatized or abraded skin caused by scratching or rubbing.
  34. FISSURE
    A fissure is linear cleavage of skin which extends into the dermis.
  35. ULCERATION
    Ulcerations occur when there is necrosis of the epidermis and dermis and sometimes of the underlying subcutaneous tissue.
  36. SCAR
    Scars are the permanent fibrotic changes that occur on the skin following damage to the dermis. Scars may have secondary pigment characteristics.
  37. ESCHAR
    An eschar is a hard, usually darkened, plaque covering an ulcer implying extensive tissue necrosis, infarcts or gangrene.
  38. KELOIDS
    Keloids are an exaggerated connective tissue response of injured skin that extend beyond the edges of the original wound.
  39. PETECHIAE, PURPURA, AND ECCHYMOSES
    • Three terms that refer to bleeding that occurs in the skin are petechiae, purpura, and ecchymoses. Generally, the term "petechiae" refers to smaller lesions.
    • "Purpura" and "ecchymoses" are terms that refer to larger lesions. In certain situations purpura may be palpable. In all situations, petechiae, ecchymoses, and purpura do not blanch when pressed. If there is any question, press on the lesions carefully with a glass slide. Don't break the slide or cut the patient.
    • Tutorial C: Patterns and DistributionNot only is the appearance of lesions important, but the pattern and distribution on the skin is as well.
  40. ANNULAR
    Annular lesions are seen in a ring shape. Tinea corporis, erythema migrans (the lesion associated with lyme disease), and granuloma annulare are three common examples.
  41. DISCRETE
    Discrete lesions tend to remain separate. This is a helpful descriptive term but has little specific diagnostic significance.
  42. CLUSTERED
    Clustered lesions are those that are grouped together. They are commonly seen in herpes simplex or with insect bites, for example.
  43. CONFLUENT
    Confluent lesions tend to run together.
  44. DERMATOMAL, ZOSTERIFORM
    Dermatomal, zosteriform lesions follow a dermatome. The lesions of varicella zoster (also known as shingles) are the classic example, but there are other lesions which may assume the same pattern.
  45. ECZEMATOID
    Eczematoid lesions are inflamed with a tendency toward clustering, oozing, or crusting.
  46. FOLLICULAR
    It is sometimes helpful to determine if lesions specifically involve the hair follicle.
  47. GUTTATE
    Guttate lesions look as though someone took a dropper and dropped this lesion on the skin. Guttate lesions are characteristic of one form of psoriasis, though that is not the only example.
  48. IRIS OR TARGET LESIONS
    Iris lesions are also known as target lesions and are a series of concentric rings. These have a dark or blistered center. These lesions are frequently seen with erythema multiforme but not exclusively so.
  49. KOEBNER PHENOMENON
    The Koebner phenomenon, also called the isomorphic response, refers to the appearance of lesions along a site of injury. This phenomenon is seen in a variety of conditions; for example, lichen planus, warts, molluscum contagiosum, psoriasis, lichen nitidus, and the systemic form of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
  50. LINEAR LESIONS
    Linear lesions occur in a line or band-like configuration. This descriptive term may apply to a wide variety of disorders. (One should be certain that the lesions are not following a dermatome.)
  51. MULTIFORM
    Patients with multiform lesions have lesions of a variety of shapes.
  52. RETICULAR
    Reticular or net-like lesions can be seen in a variety of circumstances; e.g., very commonly in newborns (or even grown children and adults) as cutis marmorata, or with livedo reticularis. The former fades as the skin is warmed the latter becomes more florid
  53. SERPIGINOUS
    Serpiginous lesions wander as though following the track of a snake.
  54. 38. UNIVERSALIS
    Universalis refers to a widespread disorder that affects the entire skin.
  55. SCARLATINIFORM
    Scarlatiniform rashes have the pattern of scarlet fever. The patient with a scarlatiniform rash has innumerable small red papules that are widely and diffusely distributed. Note that the term scarlatiniform does not mean that the patient has scarlet fever, although by definition all patients with scarlet fever have a scarlatiniform rash. Patients with a variety of other conditions such as Kawasaki disease, viral infections, or drug reactions may have rashes with the same pattern.
  56. STRAWBERRY TONGUE
    Patients with scarlet fever, Kawasaki disease or other conditions may develop a distinctive appearance of their tongues. Because of its resemblance to the well-known berry, the appearance is called "strawberry tongue.
  57. MORBILLIFORM
    The term "morbilliform" means that the patient has a rash that looks like measles. Patients with measles will have the rash but patients with Kawasaki disease, drug reactions, or other conditions may also have a morbilliform rash. The rash consists of macular lesions that are red and are usually 2-10 mm in diameter but may be confluent in places.
  58. SATELLITE LESIONS
    The term is commonly used to describe a portion of the rash of cutaneous candidiasis in which a beefy red plaque may be found surrounded by numerous, smaller red macules located adjacent to the body of the main lesions.
  59. PATTERNS OF INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL INJURY
    One important category of skin lesions involve the form that skin lesions may take in cases of child abuse or other intentional injury (bite marks, slap marks, strap marks, burns, etc.) or in cases of unintentional injury. Abrasions are traumatically caused erosions.
  60. Eecchymosis
    If the hematoma (bruises) is larger than 1 cm in diameter it is called an ecchymosis.
  61. Hematomas
    which when broken down literally means "blood tumor". bruise
  62. Another name for bruises are when they are (3-10 mm in diameter)
    purpura
  63. Another name for bruises are when they are (<3 mm in diameter)
    petechia

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