Explain health assessment findings, using your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and
through the application of relevant health assessment frameworks.
ASSESSMENT TASK 2 – WRITTEN ASSESSMENT
Case Study 1500 words (40%)
Purpose of Assessment Task 2
The purpose of this assessment task is to provide you with the opportunity to engage with key knowledge
and skills drawn from each of the 5 Unit Learning Outcomes (ULOs). You will be asked to organise and
explain health assessment findings, using your knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and
through the application of relevant health assessment frameworks. Completing this task will assist you
to engage with, and to demonstrate attainment of key knowledge and skills drawn from each of the 5 ULOs.
Please watch the video below of a clinical handover and a brief patient interaction. You have also been
provided with a written version of the handover using the ISBAR (Identify, Situation, Framework,
Background, Assessment, Recommendation/Request).
Mrs Levchenko ISBAR Handover
Video hand over
Once you have received handover, please undertake the following:
Part A. Collect and document as much assessment data as you are able from the handover and from your own
observations of the patient/client in the video. Your assessment findings should be stated as objective,
professional descriptions (suggested 150 words)
Part B. Explain the abnormal assessment findings identified in Part A using your knowledge of anatomy,
physiology and pathophysiology (suggested 300 words)
Part C. Using an assessment framework or nursing assessment model and drawing on your response to Part B
(suggested 350 words);
1. Hypothesise 3 patient problems
2. Identify the assessments you would undertake to test your hypotheses and;
3. Explain the purpose for each assessment.
Your 3 patient problems should each come from a different section of your chosen framework.
Part D. Apply the diagram below to the case study (suggested 200 words)
“Of the four vital signs, respiratory rate, in particular, is often not recorded, even when the
patient’s primary problem is a respiratory condition. This is in spite of the fact that an abnormal
respiratory rate has been shown to be an important predictor of serious events such as cardiac arrest
and admission to an intensive care unit (ICU)” (Cretikos, et.al., 2008, p. 657).
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