Assessing the abdomen and neurological system

Assessing the abdomen and neurological system

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Assessing the abdomen and neurological systemAssessing the abdomen and neurological system

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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 inflammationRebound tenderness
Murphy’s sign
Rovsing’s sign
Psoas sign
Obturator sign
Cutaneous hyperesthesia

Assessing the abdomen and neurological system

Percuss liver
Palpate liver
Percuss spleen
Palpate spleen
Palpate bilateral kidneysAssess for CVA tenderness
Palpate width of the aorta
Nervous system

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.

Assignment Requirements

Before finalizing your work, you should:

be sure to read the Assignment description carefully (as displayed above)
consult the Grading Rubric to make sure you have included everything necessary; and
utilize spelling and grammar check to minimize errors.
Your writing Assignment should:

follow the conventions of Standard English (correct grammar, punctuation, etc.);
be well ordered, logical, and unified, as well as original and insightful;
display superior content, organization, style, and mechanics; and

You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.

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