System Specific Assessments

by Diana Shenefield, PhD

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    The topic we are going to cover this time is on reduction of risk potential category and underneath that is system specific assessments. So we are going to talk a little bit about that and before we get started I just want to introduce myself. I am Diana Shenefield and let’s get started. So overview of the content. What are we going to talk about in this section and what we are talking about is system specific assessments. In a lot of time, you'll hear it called focused assessments and we know when we have our patients on the floor that every time we go in to see them we don’t always do it head to toe. But we focused on certain body systems and this is what this lecture is a little bit about. Just to get you thinking about that topic and what NCLEX would be looking for. So as before make sure you read through the learning outcomes. Make sure that you are comfortable with assessment and re-assessment. Make sure that you are looking as specific risk assessments. So we get focusing on a body system and risks and complications that could happen in that body system and being able to recognize changes in your patient. So let’s start with a question. We have a child with a diagnosis of meningococcal meningitis and they develop signs of sepsis and purpuric rash over both legs. So as you are taking NCLEX questions a lot of times it helps if you can read the question and picture that patient in front of you. Make that patient real to you so that it will be easier for you to think through the question and the answers. The physicians should be notified immediately because of the following signs. So which of...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture System Specific Assessments by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Physiological Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • System Specific Assessments
    • Questions and System-Specific Assessment
    • Risk Assessment
    • Responding to Changes in Condition

    Included Quiz Questions

    1. The oxygen or air needs must be humidified
    2. Patient must be suctioned as needed using clean technique
    3. Saline can be inserted into the tracheostomy tube before suctioning if secretions are thick
    4. Tracheostomy tube must be capped to allow patient to eat by mouth
    1. Hematemesis
    2. Asterixis
    3. Elevated blood pressure
    4. Confusion
    1. Temperature of 101.6 F
    2. Bowel sounds change from normoactive to hypoactive
    3. Left-sided abdominal pain
    4. Palpable mass in the left lower quadrant
    5. Abdominal girth distended to same level as upon admission
    1. Acute renal failure
    2. Hyperkalemia
    3. Hypernatremia
    4. Hypertension
    5. Fat emboli syndrome

    Author of lecture System Specific Assessments

     Diana Shenefield, PhD

    Diana Shenefield, PhD

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