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Old 11-07-2011
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Question Last minute questions!

So my exam is in a few days and I just had a few questions that I'm having trouble definitive answers for and need cleared up (more for reduction of anxiety than anything).

1. We're allowed to ask questions during the hand washing section as long as we maintain eye contact, right? I've noticed it takes about 30 seconds and I've gotten into the habit of asking the the not so specific questions during that time (i.e. weight changes, appetite changes, diet details).

2. For the patient note. If there is no cough (or any other associated symptom), I'm hoping we can type "-cough" and so on? I've also been told (and practiced) typing "CTA BL" and "no m/g/r".

3. I've asked this question several times and yet not one response. DO WE HAVE TO DO THE DIX HALLPIKE OR SHOULD WE JUST MENTION IT TO THE PATIENT AND IN THE NOTE? Hopefully someone answers this time.

Thanks in advance for the feedback! Any other advice would be much appreciated as well!
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So, for # 2, you can write something like this:
- pte states....
- pte denies....cough, SOB, ...

Also for CV: RRR, S1/S2 NL, no MRG & Lung: CTA&P are OK (check kaplan)

For #3...you really really don have time to do it!...(cause you also have to check gait, romberg, weber, rinne.......)...so, just write it as #1 in your workup.

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What does it mean: "Lung: CTA&P"? Please, exlain. Thanks.
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What does it mean: "Lung: CTA&P"? Please, exlain. Thanks.
clear to auscultation and percussion
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