Physicalassessment is conducted in a medical setup to determine the conditionof the patient being diagnosed (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates,2013). This paper presents the physical assessment of mentalhealth, pain and sleep condition of a patient it involves inspectionpalpation percussion and auscultation.
Thepatient looks confused and walks with uncoordinated gait.Vital signs include low temperature on the lower parts of the legs ascompared to other regions of the body, ABI result of 0.7,intermittent claudication as well as tingling feet.Also, burning sensation and palpation is present in the areas alongthe spinal cord.
Thepatient experiences severepain in the joints and muscles, he is distressed due tothe overwhelming pain.There is no swelling of the joints. His ability to walk steadily hasdeclined, and he uses awheelchairambulation. A review of his medical history indicates that she takespain relievers and magnesium supplements to ease the musculoskeletaldifficulties. He had also used orthotic braces to help her walk whenhe was young. Vitalsigns include atemperature of 98.40F,blood pressure 195/83, and heart rate 72 beats per minute.
Thepatient appears fatigued and sleepy. He exhibits obstructivesleep apnea due to gasping. Besides, he experiences difficultyconcentrating.Areview of the patient sleep diary indicates that for the past threedays he has been waking up in the middle of the night and stayingawake until morning.Vitalsigns included: heart rate of 103 beats/minute, blood pressure of 136/ 74 and oral temperature of 102.40F. Breathe sound are reduced and inspiratory rales detected overlungs.
Inconclusion, physical assessment of the patient is important since itfacilitates interpretation anddetermination of the illness that affects the patient so that theright of treatment is administered to them(Bickley,Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013).
Bickley, L. S.,Szilagyi, P. G., & Bates, B. (2013). Bates`guide to physical examination and history taking. Philadelphia:Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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