The purpose of this assignment is to practice the skills you have learned and demonstrate your ability to assess the thorax, lungs, and cardiovascular system. For this assignment you will need to videotape yourself examining the thorax, lungs and cardiovascular system 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.
Assess the patient’s for any signs of respiratory difficulty
Inspect the shape and movement of the chest
Asses for chest expansion
Palpate for tactile fremitus posteriorly
Percuss the posterior chest
Percuss for diaphragmatic excursion
Auscultate posterior breath sounds
Auscultate for egophony, bronchophony and pectoriloquy
Examine the anterior chest
Observe for any abnormalities (size, shape, bruising)
Auscultate for tactile fremitus anteriorly
Percuss the anterior chest
Auscultate anterior breath sounds
Assess carotid pulses
Assess the brachial artery
Inspect and locate the PMI
Palpate for thrills/bruits
Auscultate heart sounds
Next you will need to document your findings.
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