Series Overview: Performing a physical assessment on a child can be a challenge and requires healthcare professionals to not only have a solid knowledge-base of the normal growth and development patterns of children, but to also have effective approaches for assessing children of various ages. This series will focus on the technical skills used to perform a head-to-toe well-child evaluation, as well as how to approach and minimize the stress of the youngster during the process.
Video Overview: An essential part of preventive pediatric medicine is a complete and thorough physical assessment. Pediatric Physical Assessment Part 2 covers the examination of internal body functions, including the chest and lungs, heart, abdomen, musculoskeletal system and neurological system. The course presents a systematic, step-by step process for performing a complete internal physical exam on a preschool-age child.
Objectives: After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
- Perform an internal exam using the four basic techniques of a physical assessment.
- Assess the health of the skin. Assess the health of the eyes, ears, nose and mouth.
- Evaluate the thorax, chest and lungs.
- Assess the function and health of the heart.
- Evaluate the abdomen.
- Determine abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system.
- Perform a complete neurological assessment.