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14.1: Integumentary Assessment Introduction

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    Learning Objectives
    • Perform an integumentary assessment including the skin, hair, and nails
    • Modify assessment techniques to reflect variations across the life span and ethnic and cultural variations
    • Document actions and observations
    • Recognize and report significant deviations from norms

    Assessing the skin, hair, and nails is part of a routine head-to-toe assessment completed by registered nurses. During inpatient care, a comprehensive skin assessment on admission establishes a baseline for the condition of a patient’s skin and is essential for developing a care plan for the prevention and treatment of skin injuries.[1] Before discussing the components of a routine skin assessment, let’s review the anatomy of the skin and some common skin and hair conditions.

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