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Critique on the Article “Assessment of the Patient with Acute Abdominal Pain” Summary The article “Assessment of the Patient with Acute Abdominal Pain” that was written by Elaine Cole, Antonia Lynch, and Helen Cugnoni for the journal Nursing Standard in 2006, discusses the various causes of acute abdominal pain from the simplest to the most complex level.
The abdomen is the largest cavity in the human body containing the following organs: the stomach, spleen, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, kidneys, small intestine and large intestine. In the article, the positions where abdominal pain may localise were explained using the four abdominal quadrants. The four quadrants consist of the right upper quadrant, left upper quadrant, right lower quadrant, and left lower quadrant. The four quadrants can be used as a tool to determine the causes of abdominal pain. The causes of abdominal main were also enumerated and explained. The cause named were appendicitis, biliary colic, bowel obstruction, cholecystitis, gastrointestinal disease, gynaecological emergencies, hepatitis, leaking abdominal aortic aneurysm, pancreatitis, peritonitis, and urinary tract infection or pyelonephritis, . The crucial role of health care workers particularly nurses were established in the article and the systematic approach to assessment were also discussed. Pain, associated symptoms, past medical and medication history, and social and family history were the main questions identified. ...