- look - for distention or asymmetry, rashes, scars, wounds, dressings, any abnormalities
- listen - check for bowel sound in all 4 quadrants, make sure to listen for one full minute before declaring no bowel sounds and in all quadrants.
- and feel - light palpation checking for rigidity, tenderness, masses
Alright now the patient has privacy, pain controlled, bladder emptied and in position. The best position is supine with the knees slightly bent and the head as low as tolerated, no more than 30 degrees.
Record all findings, report any deviation from baseline to primary care nurse.
- read the link for a thorough guide in abdomenal assements. Examination of the Abdomen