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Clinical Nursing Skills

Reflection Questions

Clinical Nursing SkillsReflection Questions

Reflection Questions

1 .
Why is identifying the patient’s pain in reference to one of the four quadrants important when assessing the abdomen?
2 .
Why is it important to ask about a patient’s diet and medication intake when assessing the abdomen?
3 .
When trying to identify what is causing the patient’s symptoms, such as diarrhea or constipation, what function of the abdomen should be recalled and what key questions should be asked?
4 .
What are important questions to ask during the patient interview that may be unique to the abdominal assessment?
5 .
How can pain be assessed during the abdominal exam for a patient who may be nonverbal?
6 .
When assessing for abdominal distention, how can one use the quadrant system on exam to narrow down organ involvement?
7 .
Why is obtaining the patient’s activity and diet, alcohol use, and drug use history important to inquire about when assessing the abdomen for hernias and organ involvement?

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