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JoVE Clinical Skills contains five video collections that demonstrate physical exam techniques. Three collections center on the essentials of physical examination, another focuses on techniques in emergency medicine and critical care, and the last collection covers clinical skills essentials in nursing. They are described in more depth below.

  • Essentials of Physical Examinations 1 – 15 videos

JoVE's premier Clinical Skills collection provides the foundation for performing physical exams. The collection begins by introducing several universal concepts such as inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Techniques for measuring blood pressure and other vital signs are then demonstrated. Finally, the collection culminates with key pulmonary and cardiovascular physical exam techniques that can greatly assist in bedside diagnosis.

  • Essentials of Physical Examinations 2 – 15 videos

JoVE Clinical Skills becomes more specialized in the second edition of the series. First, the methodology for performing the HEENT exams is provided. Next comes a series of abdominal exams, including the assessment of acute abdominal pain. Finally, the collection delves into some sensitive procedures such as the male rectal exam, comprehensive breast assessment and evaluation of female pelvic structures.

  • Essentials of Physical Examinations 3 – 15 videos

JoVE's third installment of Clinical Skills covers physical examination of two major systems in our body: neurological and musculoskeletal. The neuro exam videos illustrate evaluation of the cranial, motor and sensory nerves. Other videos demonstrate inspection, palpation, and range of motion, strength, and special tests involved in assessment of musculoskeletal regions from neck to feet. In addition to exhibiting the maneuvers used while evaluating these systems, these videos also explain the relevant anatomy, the rationale behind the steps, and the interpretation of the exam findings.

  • Essentials of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care – 15 videos

JoVE's fourth Clinical Skills collection delves into a wide range of procedures employed in emergency and intensive care settings. A subset of these videos illustrates basic life support methods like CPR, defibrillation, and rescue breathing. Other videos cover common procedures performed during emergency situations such as cardiac tamponade, orbital compartment syndrome, extreme airway obstruction, tension pneumothorax, pleural effusion, and shoulder dislocation. Arterial line placement, a highly important method used in critically ill patients used to monitor intra-arterial blood pressure, is also demonstrated. Videos for various techniques used to establish vascular access via the intraosseous space and the peripheral/central veins are included in this collection as well.

  • Essentials of Nursing – 15 videos

JoVE's Essentials of Nursing Skills demonstrates medication preparation and administration via several anatomical routes. In addition to methodology, these videos highlight important safety checks, considerations, and dosage calculations. They also call attention to common mistakes associated with improper medication administration. Basic protocols, such as inserting and removing a peripheral IV line are also covered.

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Comparable Resources

  • Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination – 15 part streaming video. Originally published in conjunction with the 6th edition of the corresponding textbook in 2006 as 15 videocassettes. Converted into streaming video files in 2011.



  • Seidel’s Guide to Physical Examination – ClinicalKey e-book (no videos); this is the updated edition of Mosby’s Guide to Physical Examination. It is the 8th edition, which was published in 2014.



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