Master Physical Assessment Skills

AdobeStock_178514650.jpegPerforming a full physical assessment takes time and practice. Learning a step-wise approach and breaking down special techniques can help you master physical assessment skills, recognize subtle changes, and ensure rapid intervention when changes occur. Our clinical editors have created the Pocket Cards below, along with supplemental blog posts, tables, and infographics to help you master the health history, full head-to-toe physical assessment, and focused assessments by body system. Your skills are important to provide best care, inform other members of the healthcare team, and improve outcomes.

 

Physical Assessment Pocket Cards

Special Techniques in Physical Assessment

Head to Toe Assessment
 
 
The Health History
 
General Assessment
 
Mental Health Assessment
 
Pain Assessment
 
 
Nutritional Assessment
 
Neurologic Assessment
 
Cranial Nerves
 
 
Pulmonary Assessment
 
Cardiac Assessment
 
Breast Assessment
 
 
Gastrointestinal Assessment
 
Integumentary Assessment
 
Musculoskeletal Assessment
 
 
Neurovascular Assessment
 
 
Female Genitourinary Assessment
Male Genitourinary Assessment
 
 
Digital Rectal Examination