Physical Assessment Quiz

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Are you curious about physical assessment? This ' Physical Assessment Quiz' is specially designed to test your knowledge about this subject. Make sure to pick the correct option to get the highest score on this quiz. Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of the following are true regarding cultural sensitivity
    • A. 

      All members of one cultural group behave in exactly the same manner

    • B. 

      As a nurse, it is important to identify and examine our own cultural and ethnic beliefs

    • C. 

      Cultural and ethnic diversity have no impact in health care

    • D. 

      Patient's response to signs and symptoms are independent of their cultural values

  • 2. 
    We know that the nurse knows the right time to do a physical assessment when she says:
    • A. 

      "I will do it as soon as possible"

    • B. 

      "I think the next shift will have to do it"

    • C. 

      "After I give the medication"

    • D. 

      "Maybe later, when I am done with others"

  • 3. 
    The difference between a "head to toe" assessment and a "focused assessment"
    • A. 

      Head to toe is systemic while focused concentrates on regional parts

    • B. 

      Head to toe is completed when the patient is admitted; focused concentrates on a particular part of a body

    • C. 

      Head to toe is done on every shift while focused is done when the person is admitted

    • D. 

      Both RN's and LPN's should do head to toe assessments as well as focused assessments

  • 4. 
    Before the beginning of a physical examination, to make the patient more comfortable, what should be done first
    • A. 

      Give patient a warm blanket

    • B. 

      Ask if patient wants a glass of water

    • C. 

      Offer patient to empty his/her bladder

    • D. 

      Provide a small

  • 5. 
    In the mnemonic used for assessments, what does PS stand for in ABC in and out, PS? 
    • A. 

      Painful sensation

    • B. 

      Problem and solution

    • C. 

      Pain and safety

    • D. 

      Pernicious stimulation

  • 6. 
    PERRLA refers to 
    • A. 

      Motor function

    • B. 

      Order of assessment

    • C. 

      Level of consciousness

    • D. 

      Pupillary response

  • 7. 
    Vital signs are reliable even when there is a central nervous system deficit. 
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    A patient has just been admitted. During physical assessment, it was observed that patient had decreased skin turgor  and dried  outer lips. What would be the most appropriate thing to offer this patient while the physical assessment is going on?
    • A. 

      A chair to sit on

    • B. 

      Medication

    • C. 

      Water

    • D. 

      Some snacks

  • 9. 
    A patient with increased turgor in his lower extremities manifested by smooth, taut, shiny skin that cannot be grasped or raised is most likely to have: 
    • A. 

      Enema

    • B. 

      Decubitus

    • C. 

      Edema

    • D. 

      Infection

  • 10. 
    A vibrating sensation perceived when an artery is palpated and is not expected when examining a carotid pulse. 
    • A. 

      Bruit

    • B. 

      Thrill

    • C. 

      Crackles

    • D. 

      Rhonci

  • 11. 
    Indicative of acute or chronic respiratory distress
    • A. 

      Height

    • B. 

      Posture

    • C. 

      Weight

    • D. 

      Hair loss

  • 12. 
    Teaching patients to perform breast self-exams is only directly related to females
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    When auscultating for lung sounds, which part of the stethoscope is designed to transmit the higher pitch of abnormal sounds 
    • A. 

      Ear piece

    • B. 

      Bell

    • C. 

      Diaphragm

    • D. 

      Tubes

  • 14. 
    When doing a respiratory assessment to a patient, which of the following is the most appropriate technique? 
    • A. 

      Use a stethoscope over the clothing of a patient who feels cold

    • B. 

      Instruct patient to breathe through his or her mouth quietly and more deeply and slowly than in a usual respiration

    • C. 

      Allow a patient with a slight lower back pain to lie supine on bed

    • D. 

      Listen to the heart sound at the same time that your are listening to the lung sounds

  • 15. 
    When auscultating for lung sounds, place the stethoscope  firmly and tightly on the skin, and listen for one full inspiratory-expiratory cycle at each point.  
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 16. 
    Rubbing, grating or squeaky sound upon auscultation; as if two pieces of leather are being rubbed together
    • A. 

      Pulmonary friction

    • B. 

      Pleural friction rub

    • C. 

      Pulmonary bruising

    • D. 

      Whooping cough

  • 17. 
    Exaggeration of the posterior curvature of the thoracic spine
    • A. 

      Spina Bifida

    • B. 

      Kyphosis

    • C. 

      Lordosis

    • D. 

      Scoliosis

  • 18. 
    A swayback, an increased lumbar curvature
    • A. 

      Spina Bifida

    • B. 

      Kyphosis

    • C. 

      Lordosis

    • D. 

      Scoliosis

  • 19. 
    Lateral spinal curvature
    • A. 

      Spina Bifida

    • B. 

      Kyphosis

    • C. 

      Lordosis

    • D. 

      Scoliosis

  • 20. 
    Lubb-dubb is caused by
    • A. 

      Closure of the atrioventricular and semilunar valves respectively

    • B. 

      Closure of the semilunar and atrioventricular valves respectively

    • C. 

      Closure of the atrioventricular and semilunar valves simultaneously

    • D. 

      Closure of the atrioventricular valve and opening of the semilunar valve respectively

  • 21. 
    The first normal heart sound S1 occurs when? 
    • A. 

      Closure of the AV valves and signals the start of systole

    • B. 

      Closure of the AV valves and signals the end of systole

    • C. 

      Opening of the AV valves and signals the start of systole

    • D. 

      Opening of the AV valves and signlas the end of systole

  • 22. 
    Where is S1 auscultated most clearly?
    • A. 

      Apex of the heart

    • B. 

      Base of heart

    • C. 

      Around the heart

    • D. 

      All over the heart

  • 23. 
    When does normal heart sound S2 occur?
    • A. 

      With the closure of the AV valve and signals the end of systole

    • B. 

      With the opening of the AV valve and signals opening of systole

    • C. 

      With the opening of the semilunar valves and signals the beginning of systole.

    • D. 

      With the closure of the semilunar valves and signals the end of systole

  • 24. 
    Heard in patients with coronary artery disease after MI (myocardial infarction), heard late in diastole when the atria contracts. 
    • A. 

      S1

    • B. 

      S2

    • C. 

      S3

    • D. 

      S4

  • 25. 
    Which of the following is not a peripheral pulse?
    • A. 

      Ulnar

    • B. 

      Femoral

    • C. 

      Brachial

    • D. 

      Humoral

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