Introduction to Physical Assessment
Paragraphs 6-1 through 6-9
After completing this lesson, you should be able to:
Define physical assessment.
Select the purposes for performing a physical
Select the nursing considerations for preparing a
patient for a physical assessment.
Identify the basic techniques used in performing
a physical assessment.
Select the specific areas assessed when
performing a general appearance and
Identify the components of a systemic, head-to-
toe physical assessment.
Select the medical terminology related to
physical assessment when given the definition.
Identify guidelines for documentation of the
After studying the assignment, complete the exercises
at the end of this lesson. These exercises will help you
to achieve the lesson objectives.