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The principles of patient assessment 

The principles of patient assessment
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The principles of patient assessment
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10.1093/med/9780199593460.003.0011
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date: 10 April 2020

Initial observation of the child/young person 2

User and carer involvement 3

History taking 4

Vital signs/examination 6

Monitoring 8

Professional decision-making in nursing practice 10

Multi-disciplinary team working 12

A great deal of information can be gained when we first encounter a child and their family/carers, which may assist in assessment and appropriate communication processes. In addition to undertaking assessment of vital signs to assist in diagnosis, care planning and support needs, all health personnel should develop skills of observation and effective use of all their senses when undertaking their work....

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