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Health Assessment Through Lifespan

Health Assessment Through Lifespan - 4th edition

ISBN13: 978-0803612938

Cover of Health Assessment Through Lifespan 4TH 05 (ISBN 978-0803612938)
ISBN13: 978-0803612938
ISBN10: 0803612931

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 4TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: F. A. Davis Co.
Published: 2005
International: No

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Health Assessment Through Lifespan - 4TH 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0803612938

Mildred O. Hogstel and Linda Cox Curry

ISBN13: 978-0803612938
ISBN10: 0803612931

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 4TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: F. A. Davis Co.
Published: 2005
International: No

This information-packed, easy-to-use pocket guide serves both as a reference for nurses working in clinical settings and as a student text for programs that offer condensed coverage of health assessment in lieu of a more comprehensive, more expensive book. Organized by body systems, the focus of this updated edition remains on assessing, documenting, and reporting the current status and changes in the condition of patients for all age groups.

Key Features

  • Added focus on pain assessment and documentation, which is now required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO).
  • Expanded coverage of dental history and problems, obesity and diabetes, assessment of mental symptoms and behavior, and abuse and/or neglect.
  • Additional color figures further illustrate procedures. Tables and appendices are revised and updated.
  • More pediatric coverage on breast development for children, abuse, and asthma.
  • More geriatric coverage on assessing edema, circulation and skin problems, nutritional needs, medications, and vitamins.
  • Focuses on health promotion and wellness, community resources, payment mechanisms, specialized communication techniques based on age, ethnicity, and culture, and the use of alternative and complementary therapies.
  • Clinical alert sections detail, in color, special instructions for assessments or concerns related to findings.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Client Interview and Health History

1. Overview of the Nursing Process
2. Communication Skills
3. Health History Guidelines

Part 2: The Physical Examination

4. Physical Examination Guidelines

Part 3: Body Organ and System Assessment

5. General Overview (With Examples)
6. Integument
7. Head
8. Neck
9. Eyes
10. Ears
11. Nose and Sinuses
12. Mouth and Throat
13. Lungs and Thorax
14. Breasts and Axillae
15. Cardiovascular System
16. Abdomen
17. Musculoskeletal System
18. Neurologic System
19. Male Genitourinary System and Rectum
20. Female Genitourinary System and Rectum
21. Pregnancy


A. NANDA-Approved Nursing Diagnoses
B. Age Categories and Labels and Words Used for Older People
C. Sample Health History Form
D. Sample Mental Status Flow Sheet
E. The Folstein Mini-Mental State Examination (Test of Cognitive Function)
F. Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living
G. Apgar Scoring System
H. Recommended Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedule
I. Examples of Pediatric Developmental Milestones
J. Sample of Community Resources Available for Older People
K. Sample Adult Physical Assessment Form with Guide
L. Seven Warning Signs of Cancer
M. Suggested Schedule of Health Screening for People Age 65 and Older With No Symptoms
N. Food Guide Pyramid
O. Healthy Weight Charts and Body Mass Index (BMI)
P. Physical Signs of Malnutrition and Deficiency State
Q. A Guide for Healthy Aging
R. Recommended Dietary Nutrients and Sources
S. Glasgow Coma Scale
T. Client Positions
U. Conversion Rules
V. Weights and Measures
W. Fahrenheit and Celsius Scales
X. Medication Card
Y. Newborn Physical Assessment Guide