Form General Impression

The general impression includes noting things such as the person's age, gender, race, level of distress, and overall appearance.  You may anticipate different problems depending on the patient's age, gender, or race.  As you approach the patient, make sure that they see you coming to avoid surprising the patient or causing the patient to turn to see you, possibly making any injuries worse. Note the patient's position and whether the patient is moving or still.

When you reach your patient, place yourself at a lower position, if possible, to show respect for the patient and help the patient feel comfortable and less threatened as you begin your assessment.

Form General Impression

  • Determine age, gender, and race
  • Evaluate the patients overall appearance and the environment
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