Physical Examination Methods: Training Your Students

Physical examinations are one of healthcare’s most powerful tools. They’re fast, informative, and inexpensive. But not all physical examinations are created equal.

According to the American Journal of Medicine, 76% of cases resulting in missed or delayed diagnoses were due to inadequate physical examinations. Physical examination methods decrease the probability of misdiagnosis and improve patient safety. So in order to bridge the theory-practice gap in nursing, it’s imperative to educate nursing students on physical examination methods: inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.

76% of cases resulting in missed or delayed diagnoses were due to inadequate physical examinations
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