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Physical Assessment Process Flowchart Example

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Physical Assessment
primary steps YES YES Temperature: Check the patient's body temperature Is the patient breathing normally? Respiratory status: airway patency, lung sounds, rate/rhythm/depth of respiration Does skin appear normal? Skin condition: check color and collateral circulation Patient arrives in PACU YES YES YES Continue to monitor patient every hour or as necessary Normal pulse rate? Cardiovascular status: Check pulse, heart sounds, and capillary refill Can patient move and respond? Neurological status: Check LOC, movements and sensations Temp. below 95 degrees? NO Check pulse, call doctor NO Check for obstructions, call doctor NO Add additional blankets to warm patient NO Check consciousness, call doctor NO Check consciousness, call doctor

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