Major body system examination

1 Major body system examination

A considerable amount of invaluable information can be obtained from the physical examination of the emergency patient. The initial priority is to identify any potentially life-threatening problems so that immediate intervention can be provided. As such the initial physical examination (primary survey) should focus on the major body systems, namely the cardiovascular, respiratory and central nervous systems, as severe abnormalities in these systems have the potential to be rapidly fatal. Abdominal palpation and measurement of body temperature are also important. Once measures have been taken to stabilize abnormalities in the major body systems a more comprehensive physical examination (secondary survey) can be performed. This approach is somewhat different from the head-to-tail physical examination commonly performed that is only appropriate for non-emergency patients.

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Sep 3, 2016 | Posted by in SMALL ANIMAL | Comments Off on Major body system examination
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