Health Assessment

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  1. What are the Solid Verscera?
    • Liver
    • Spleen
    • Adrenal glands
    • Pancreas
    • Kidneys
    • Ovaries
    • Uterus
  2. What are the Hollow Viscera of the Abdomen?
    • Stomach
    • Gallbladder
    • SI
    • Colon
    • Bladder
  3. Which kidney is lower and why?
    Rt kidney, because it is slightly displaced by the presence of the spleen directly above it.
  4. What is a costalvertebral angle (CVA)?
    The angle formed between the spine and 12th rib. Used to locate and palpate the kidneys from the back.
  5. Subjective Data (aka things to ask about)
    • Appetite
    • Dysphagia
    • Food intolerances
    • Abdominal pain
    • Nausea/vomiting:Quality, color, frequency, when last, what makes it better/worse, stuff in it, etc...
    • Bowel movements: Quality, color, frequency, amount, when was last?
    • Abd Hx?
    • Medications
    • Nutritional assessment
  6. Subjective data for older adults
    Groceries: finances, who gets them?

    24 hour recall

    BM-Good older person phrase.
  7. What can cause an everted umbilicus? (outtie)
    • Pregnancy
    • Ascites (fluid filled abdominal cavity.
  8. What is a scaphoid abdominal contour?
    Stomach is concave (sunken), as opposed to flat or rounded, or protuberant.
  9. What is Borborygmi
    Normal sounds of stomach audible with "naked" ear.
  10. How long do you have to wait before charting bowel sounds as "abscent?"
    5 minutes.
  11. Where should you listen for abdominal bruits?
    (Normal=no sound)
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  12. Normally palpable structures of the Abdomen
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  13. Upon palpating aorta, what should it's diameter be?
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Health Assessment
Chapter 21: Abdomen
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