Physical Assessment Order

by Cathy Parkes October 08, 2019 Updated: December 29, 2021

Physical Assessment Order

Order of physical assessment: Inspect, palpate, percuss, auscultate. EXCEPT for assessing the abdomen: Inspect, auscultate, percuss, palpate (to avoid altering bowel sounds).

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