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Principles of assessment 

Principles of assessment
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Principles of assessment
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Mike Perry

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198779094.003.0001
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date: 23 October 2019

This chapter gives an overview of the general assessment of patients presenting to an emergency department with a problem in the head or neck (above the collar bones). As undergraduate students, we are taught to make this all-inclusive, but the reality of any emergency department setting, busy practice, or assessment of an urgent problem is that a focused approach is required. By necessity, the questions and examination are usually directed more towards the immediate problem. This chapter discusses some of the key elements in history taking which will enable the reader to take a ‘targeted’ history, facilitating rapid diagnosis and appropriate onward management. Preparation for emergency surgery is also discussed.

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