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Best of Incredibly Easy! by Springhouse

By Springhouse

Using the award-winning Incredibly Easy! type, Best of exceptionally Easy! is an exciting, functional, complete reference on quite a lot of subject matters which are very important to trendy nursing perform. The ebook offers an important subject matters and ideas from a few of the different Incredibly effortless! Series® volumes, utilizing a hugely visible structure, with quite a few illustrations, habitual trademarks, reminiscence joggers, bulleted lists, and charts to augment learning.

Each bankruptcy ends with an NCLEX®-style speedy quiz, and learn questions and solutions seem on the finish of the booklet. Appendices contain a thesaurus, an English-Spanish quick-reference advisor, and a list of internet resources.

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Assessing the cardiovascular system Cardiovascular disease affects people of all ages and can take many forms. A consistent, methodical approach to your assessment will help you identify abnormalities. As always, the key to accurate assessment is regular practice, which helps to improve technique and efficiency. Initial cardiovascular questions As you conduct your cardiovascular assessment, make sure to ask the patient about: • his family history and past medical history, including diabetes, chronic diseases of the lungs or kidneys, or liver disease (see At risk for cardiovascular disease) • his level of stress and how he manages it • his current health habits, such as smoking, alcohol and caffeine intake, exercise, and dietary intake of fat and sodium • the medications he takes, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal preparations • past surgeries • environmental or occupational considerations • ADLs.

The elderly patient may have harder, drier cerumen because of rigid cilia in the ear canal. You may need to carefully rotate the speculum for a complete view of the tympanic membrane. The membrane should be pearl gray, glistening, and transparent. The annulus should be white and denser than the rest of the membrane. Inspect the membrane carefully for bulging, retraction, bleeding, lesions, and perforations, especially at the periphery. The elderly patient’s eardrum may appear cloudy. “Timing” the light reflex?

Note his skin color, temperature, turgor, and texture. Are his fingers clubbed? If the patient is dark-skinned, inspect his mucous membranes for pallor. Checking out the chest Next, inspect the chest. Note landmarks you can use to describe your findings as well as structures underlying the chest wall. ) Look for pulsations, symmetry of movement, retractions, or heaves. A heave is a strong outward thrust of the chest wall and occurs during systole. Maximal impulse Position a light source, such as a flashlight or gooseneck lamp, so that it casts a shadow on the patient’s chest.

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