Appendicular Assessment Arms: check for bilateral alignment, note grip strength, as well as ability to release grip Note capillary refill in fingertips Legs: Check for bilateral alignment, note reflexes(Babinski) as well as strength of flexion and extension(gas pedal), varicose veins
Skin Color Note any changes in complexion: Jaundice Cyanosis Darker skinned patients may appear pale instead of a bluish tint.
Mental Status Orientation: Name Day of week Date Who is president Situation: If other assessments are negative.
Mental Status-Level of Consciousness Alert: aware of situation and surroundings Decreased LOC: somewhat awake, easy to fall into sleep, may or may not be aware of situation or surroundings. Unresponsive: no verbal, or physical response to stimulation