Assessment of the patient with acute abdominal pain
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Assessment of the patient with acute abdominal pain

Elaine Cole Lecturer practitioner, Accident and Emergency (A&E)/Trauma, City University and Barts and the London NHS Trust
Antonia Lynch Consultant nurse, A&E
Helen Cugnoni Consultant, Emergency medicine, Barts and the London NHS Trust, London

Abdominal pain has many causes, from simple to complex presentations. Patients with abdominal pain may have a number of physiological and psychological needs. Nurses have a key role to play in patient assessment, history taking and management.

Nursing Standard. 20, 38, 56-64. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.05.20.38.56.c4167

Correspondence

e.cole@city.ac.uk

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