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PHYSICAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH NURSES
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REPORT ON COPD DIAGNOSIS Name Tutor Course College Date COPD, an abbreviated word meaning chronic obstruction of the pulmonary disease is in itself a gradual disorder, disease that worsens with time. It is more often than not caused by cigarette smoking, either as a result of past history of heavy smoking or persistent act of the same.
To understand this condition, it is vital to revisit the mechanism of gaseous exchange as a process keeping in mind the paths through which the gases inhaled or exhaled flow through (Mason-Whitehead, 2008, pp.54). Physical examinatonn is the process by which a researcher uses their senses to gather and collect data that is objective to the research that they are doing. It is a very important step in the treatment and caring of COPD patients. For this process to be successful, the researcher has to have good assessment skills that will ensure that the physical examination is successful. Before the beginning of the research, the researcher has to define the normal findings so that incase an abnormal findings occur, the researcher is fast in noticing. The history of the patient that is being examined is also very important (Mason-Whitehead, 2008, pp.64). There are four main approaches to physical assessment. This is inspection, percussion, palpation and ausculatation. Inspection approach is one of the preliminary stages for this assessment and involves patients being checked in an overall manner so that the health care professional can detect any abnormalities. This process is very critical and should never be skipped as it ensures that a strong base is set for the assessment. ...
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