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Acute abdominal pain: A systematic approach to adult assessment

Core, Terri ARNP, ACNP, MSN; Hayes, Karen FNP, C, MSN, PhD

Nursing Critical Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000318736.76836.82
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Abstract

Learn best practices for treating adult sufferers of acute abdominal pain.

In Brief

Determining the cause of abdominal pain is a difficult task. To improve patient outcomes, the critical care nurse must obtain an accurate history and perform a comprehensive physical exam on patients with abdominal pain.

Author Information

At Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, Terri Core is a member of the School of Nursing faculty, and Karen Hayes is an assistant professor with the School of Nursing, as well as a nurse practitioner at Ashley Clinic, Yates Center, Kan.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.