The purpose of this assignment is to practice the skills you have learned and demonstrate your ability to assess the abdomen and neurological system. For this assignment you will need to videotape yourself examining the abdomen on a volunteer of your choosing. This should take you between 30-45 minutes. When you are done you will document your findings. You will need to submit both your video and your documentation. Below are the required pieces in your assessment.
Inspect the skin and contour of the abdomen
Observe for peristalsis and pulsations
Auscultate the abdomen
Auscultate for bruits over the aorta, renal arteries, iliac arteries and femoral arteries
Percuss the abdomen
Palpate the abdomen (light then deep)
Assess for peritoneal inflammation
Palpate bilateral kidneys
Assess for CVA tenderness
Palpate width of the aorta
Assess mental status
Cranial nerves 1-12
Motor system: muscle bulk, tone strength, coordination, gait and stance
Sensory system: pain/temp, vibration, light touch, discrimination
Deep tendon reflexes
Next, you will need to document your findings.
To view the Grading Rubric for this Assignment, please visit the Grading Rubrics section of the Course Resources.
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