This unit will cover the examination of the head and neck. This includes examination of the face, scalp, and neck, and underlying structure; lymph nodes, internal nose, major arteries and veins, trachea, thyroid. Topics include:
2. Review of anatomy and physiology
3. Physical examination procedures
4. Developmental and cultural variations
If you are studying this unit under Systems, then this unit would fall under Head and Neck. The examination of the nose can be placed in a number of sections, depending on the author. Many authors place the nose under head and neck, while others place the nose as part of the respiratory system, and still others include a separate unit entitled "Examination of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat." Because this course treats eyes and ears as a separate unit, the nose is left as part of the examination of the head and neck. The nose will be referred to again under the respiratory unit.
Upon completion of this unit, the learner will be able to:
2. Interview a client regarding family health history, past health, current health regarding the head and neck. If you are studying this course using Functional Health Patterns, then health patterns, such as schedule of physical examinations and use of medications, immunizations, and current health perceptions, will also be included as an objective for this unit.
3. Perform an examination of the head and neck on clients across the life span and in a variety of cultural backgrounds.
4. Document normal findings of the head and neck.
2. View "Head and Neck Examination" on video tape: Comprehensive Physical Examination
2. View CD-ROM presentations for this unit
3. Practice assessment skills on partner
4. Document findings on health assessment form
5. Complete quiz: Head and Neck
6. Demonstrate skills on final video tape
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