Glossary

client safety

Client safety is the reduction and mitigation of preventable unsafe acts and practices during the process of healthcare.

older adults

The definition of older adult varies, but is typically 65 and older.

adolescent

Adolescents are ages 12 to 17.

ascites

Interstitial fluid in the abdomen

care partner

Care partners are family and friends who are involved in helping to care for the client.

children

Although legally anyone 17 and under is considered a child, the term is usually reserved for ages 1-11; thus, it includes toddlers, preschoolers and middle childhood.

client safety

Client safety is the reduction and mitigation of preventable unsafe acts and practices during the process of healthcare.

crepitation

The abnormal grating or crunching sound over moving joints.

diaphoresis

Excessive perspiration.

drape

A small sheet that is used to cover a person.

gait

A person’s pattern of walking including movement of limbs.

High-pitched sounds

High-pitched sounds are sounds with a high frequency that resemble a shrill or a piercing, sharp scream.

infants

Infants are 0 -1 year old.

lesions

A general term referring to an abnormal appearance or growth.

Low-pitched sounds

Low-pitched sounds are sounds with a low frequency that resemble a booming drum or a person with a deep, low voice.

pulsatility

The quality of pulsations, such as the pulse.

radiocarpal joint

Is where the radius bone meets the carpal bones.

staccato touch

Quick, short taps.

subjective data 

Information that the client shares with you.

trauma

Trauma is the response or outcome of a distressing experience or event that affects a person’s sense of self and overwhelms a person and their ability to function and cope (e.g., violence, accident, natural disaster).

vocal intonation

Rise and fall of voice.

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Physical Examination Techniques: A Nurse's Guide by Jennifer Lapum; Michelle Hughes; Oona St-Amant; Wendy Garcia; Margaret Verkuyl; Paul Petrie; Frances Dimaranan; Mahidhar Pemasani; and Nada Savicevic is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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