Evaluation of Abdominal Pain (ICU Specific)

First Things First (assess for & treat the following):

  • Does pt exhibit signs of peritonitis?
    • Abdominal rigidity
    • Rebound/percussion tenderness
    • Involuntary guarding
  • Is free intra-abdominal air (pneumoperitoneum) present on radiographic studies?
  • Are abdominal complaints associated w/ hypotension & fever?

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Last updated: April 16, 2010