Geriatric Assessment (03:22)
Age appropriate assessments are essential for effective care, can reduce hospitalization, and improve quality of life. Illness often presents different in older adults. This program will teach how to perform a head-to-toe assessment.
Assessing Health Status (03:27)
Entering a healthcare setting requires a complete physical assessment and thorough health history. Learn tips for assessment communication with the patient. Perform the assessment in a manner that does not require the patient to frequently change positions.
Thorough Physical Assessment (02:32)
The assessment includes: inspection, palpitation, percussion, and auscultation. Explain what you are going to do and attempt to make eye contact. Answer several questions with your observations and note speech.
Skin Assessment (03:59)
Skin assessment begins with a general survey of the patient's appearance; continue throughout the assessment. Learn ten things to look for and frequent changes that are a normal part of aging.
Head and Neck Assessment (04:41)
Assess the general size and shape of the head for appropriateness to body size. Evaluate: neck range of motion, scalp, eye appearance and function, facial appearance, auditory acuity, mouth, and carotid pulsations.
Chest Assessment (04:19)
Observe the patient's breathing and count respiration. Evaluate the spine, back muscles, posterior chest and interior chest, and peripheral vascular system. Learn tips for a good stethoscope and how to use it.
Upper Peripheral Vascular System Assessment (05:21)
Note skin color, temperature of skin, edema, pulse palpation, and blood pressure. Learn 11 tips for taking blood pressure.
Upper Musculoskeletal System Assessment (00:51)
Note: apparent muscle wasting, limitations, complaints of pain, and joint swelling.
Abdominal Assessment (05:16)
Older adults may atypically present benign and serious problems in the gastrointestinal tract. Learn the sequence of abdominal assessment and palpation techniques; this video uses the four quadrant method for examination.
Lower Extremities Assessment (06:29)
Note: skin color, rashes, abrasions, lacerations, ulcers, toe nails, and hair distribution. Examine the peripheral vascular system and palpate pulses. Identify common causes of: arterial insufficiency, arterial occlusion, and edema.
Lower Musculoskeletal System Assessment (03:48)
Note: apparent muscle wasting, limitations, complaints of pain, joint swelling, and gait. Normal changes in balance and gait, or medical conditions can cause falls in the elderly. Learn how to administer the get up and go test.
Next Steps (01:27)
Use the assessment to develop an effective care plan; routine follow-ups allow you to modify the plan as needed. Hear a summary of the head-to-toe assessment.
Credits: Basic Head-to-Toe Assessment with Geriatric Focus (00:28)
Credits: Basic Head-to-Toe Assessment with Geriatric Focus
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