All Things Nursing by Springhouse

By Springhouse

All issues Nursing presents easy accessibility to crucial info in all parts of nursing. assurance contains evaluate suggestions and information, talents, discomfort administration, medications, an infection keep an eye on, ECGs, laboratory exams, and disorder profiles. The e-book additionally offers well timed info on criminal features of nursing, reminiscent of legal responsibility, organ donation, and documentation, and on occupation possibilities in nursing, together with schooling, study, and commute nursing. subject matters lined comprise either common nursing and all medical specialties—emergency, severe care, medical-surgical, maternal-neonatal, and pediatric nursing. quite a few illustrations, graphs, and easy-to-follow quick-reference charts supplement the text.

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The movement should come from the wrist of your dominant hand, not your elbow or upper arm. Keep the fingernail you use for tapping short so you won’t hurt yourself. Follow the standard percussion sequence over the front and back chest walls. qxd:9781582555591_01 8/1/13 9:30 AM Page 27 Percussion sounds 27 Percussion sounds Use this chart to help you become more comfortable with percussion and to interpret percussion sounds quickly. Learn the different percussion sounds by practicing on yourself, your patients, and any other person willing to help.

Then support the plantar surface. Strike the Achilles tendon, and watch for plantar flexion of the foot at the ankle. Brachioradialis reflex Ask the patient to rest his elbow. Support the ulnar area with your hand and forearm. Strike the radius (as shown at top of next column). Watch for supination of the hand and flexion of the forearm at the elbow. qxd:9781582555591_01 8/1/13 9:30 AM Page 36 36 Assessment Identifying gait abnormalities During your assessment, you may identify gait abnormalities.

Anteroposterior diameter is less than the transverse diameter, with a 1:2 to 5:7 ratio in an adult. • Chest shape is normal, with no deformities, such as barrel chest, kyphosis, retraction, sternal protrusion, or depressed sternum. • Costal angle is less than 90 degrees, with the ribs joining the spine at a 45-degree angle. • Respirations are quiet and unlabored, with no use of accessory neck, shoulder, or abdominal muscles, and no intercostal, substernal, or supraclavicular retractions. • Chest wall expands symmetrically during respirations.

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