Types of Assessment

Types of Assessment

  • Emergency assessment
    • Limited to assessing life-threatening conditions (e.g., inhalation, injuries, anaphylaxis, myocardial infarction, shock, stroke)
    • This involves a rapid history and examination of a patient while maintaining vital functions.
    • Conducted to ensure survival. Focuses on elements in primary survey (e.g., airway, breathing, circulation, disability)
  • Comprehensive assessment
    • Typically done on admission to the hospital or onset of care in a primary care setting that include detailed health history and physical examination of all body systems.
  • Focused assessment
    • To evaluate the status of previously identified problems and monitor for signs and symptoms of new problems
    • Include abbreviated assessment for the various specific body systems
    • Conducted throughout hospital admission—at beginning of a shift and as needed throughout shift


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