progress progress_Physical examination (continued)

Pale mucous membranes, prolonged capillary refill time, hepatomegaly, ascites, and abdominal breathing effort should all be noted. In summary, the important aspects of the physical examination include:

  • Appearance
    • Weight
    • Body condition
  • Respiration
    • Rate
    • Effort
  • Heart rate
  • Femoral pulse
  • Jugular distension
  • Skin turgor
  • Mucous membranes
  • Abdominal palpation
  • Other physical findings