EmtAcuteAbdomen - Acute Abdomen Temple College EMS...

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Acute Abdomen Temple College EMS Professions
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Acute Abdomen General name for presence of signs, symptoms of inflammation of peritoneum (abdominal lining)
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Acute Abdomen Determining exact cause irrelevant in pre- hospital care Important factor is recognizing acute abdomen is present
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History Where do you hurt? Know locations of major organs But realize abdominal pain locations do not correlate well with source
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History What does pain feel like? Steady pain - inflammatory process Crampy pain - obstructive process
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History Was onset of pain gradual or sudden? Sudden = perforation, hemorrhage, infarct Gradual = peritoneal irrigation, hollow organ distension
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History Does pain radiate (travel) anywhere? Right shoulder, angle of right scapula = gall bladder Around flank to groin = kidney, ureter
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History Duration? > 6 hour duration = ? surgical significance Nausea, vomiting? Bloody? “Coffee Grounds”? Any blood in GI tract = Emergency until proven otherwise
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Change in urinary habits? Urine appearance? Change in bowel habits?
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2011 for the course STEP 1 taught by Professor Dr.aslam during the Fall '11 term at Montgomery College.

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EmtAcuteAbdomen - Acute Abdomen Temple College EMS...

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