What's causing your patient's abdominal pain? Test your assessment skills
Susan Simmons Holcomb ARNP-BC, PhD

April 2009 
Volume 39  Number 4
Pages 57 - 58
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Holcomb, Susan Simmons ARNP-BC, PhD

Issue: Volume 39(4), April 2009, p 57–58 Publication Type: [Features] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Susan Simmons Holcomb is a nurse practitioner at Olathe Medical Services, Inc., in Overland Park, Kan., and a member of the Nursing2009 editorial advisory board. Meet Ms. Holcomb, who's speaking at the Nursing2009 Symposium in Orlando, Fla., May 6 to 9. Figure. No caption available.

Joshua Phelps, 37, arrives at the ED complaining of right lower quadrant abdominal pain. You obtain his vital signs and find out that he has no known allergies and takes no medications. His BP is 156/94; pulse, 100 and regular; respirations, 20; and temperature, 99.6° F (37.6° C).

1. What's the next step in investigating his problem? a. Perform a physical assessment. b. Alert the healthcare provider to his arrival. c. Connect him to a cardiac monitor. d. Gather a detailed history of ...

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