Friday, October 06, 2006

Emesis assessment

Here's the text of the Powerpoint slide we just went over in class. Fun stuff.

Emesis [also known as vomit] -- Look at it!

- preceded by nausea, precipitating or relieving factors, frequency, is it sudden, projectile, or persistent

-Note color and volume
Clear or greenish vomitus with undigested food-stomach
Bright yellow- bile or upper intestinal
Dark brown with feculent odor- prolonged bowel obstruction
“Coffee-ground” or BRB (bright red blood) - bleeding

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