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Principles of History Taking in Surgery
abdullah kattanon 10 September 2012
Transcript of Principles of History Taking in Surgery
Dr. Abdulalh Kattan
A proper history and physical exam
will get you to your diagnosis
almost 70% of the time Name, age,occupation
History of chief complaint
Past Medical History
Past Surgical History
Review of systems Pain:
Time and mode of onsent, duration
Nature of pain (sharp, dull, stabbing, aching, burning)
Pattern of pain attack (continuous, intermittent)
Severity ( scale from 1 - 10 )
Aggravating and releaving factors Chief Complaint (Reason for Referral RFR):
How/when did you notice it
Change in size/color of skin
Discharge or bleeding
Affecting function or daily activities
Any other ones? Constitutional symptoms:
Loss of appetite
Any similar symptoms in other
areas of the body or in the past Past Medical History:
Do you have any other/chronic medical problems?
Do you have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, asthma?
Is it controlled?
Have you been hospitalized for this problem?
What medicatinos are you on? Past Surgical History:
Have you had any operations in the past?
what? when? where was it done?
(infection, wound healing,recurrences) Pregnancy:
Are you/Could you be pregnant? What medications are you taking?
inhalers (for asthma)
blood thinners (aspirin or warfarin)
When was your last tetanus vaccine?
usually given every 10 years
important question in trauma Allergies:
Do you know if you are allergic to any medications?
How did you find out?
What happens if you take that
What do you do if you get a allergic reaction? Smoking:
Do you smoke?
What do you smoke?
When did you start? Review of Systems:
Musckuloskelital ID (name, age, gender, occupation)
RFR (chief complaint with date of admission or date of complaint-in the patient's words)
HPI (history of presenting illness)
Review of systems Putting it all together (Presenting) Review of system involved Summary:
ID, chief complaint + HPI
Relevant information from review of systems (positive or negative) Questions? www.prezi.com