The physical examination starts as soon as the clinician meets the patient and begins to assess the general appearance. which includes demeanour, personal hygiene and the nature and slate of clothing.
□ Greet the patient with a handshake and note its characteristics.
□ Observe and define any abnormality of gait or posture.
□ Note any features beside the bedside.
□ Assess the facial expression and the state of the clothing.
□ Identify any abnormalities in complexion, movement, sounds or odours.
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