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QOD 30: Palpation (GI/GU/Health Promotion and Maintenance)

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D.  The pads of the fingers


When assessing a patient through palpation, the nurse may use different parts of the hand to find differing signs related to the patients condition. The pads of the fingers are best used for palpating pulsations, edema, and crepitus, as well as determining moisture content of the skin.


Date Published - Feb 19, 2016
Date Modified - Jul 10, 2016