Lightning rounds #10: Physical examination in the ICU

Bryan and Brandon talk about the physical exam: how we apply it in the ICU, its utility and changing role in the setting of modern diagnostic modalities, and its best and most practical use-cases.

References

  1. McNamara LC, Kanjee Z. Counterpoint: Routine Daily Physical Exams Add Value for the Hospitalist and Patient. J Hosp Med. 2021 Aug 18. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3671. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34424193.
  2. Rodman A, Warnock S. Point: Routine Daily Physical Exams in Hospitalized Patients Are a Waste of Time. J Hosp Med. 2021 Aug 18. doi: 10.12788/jhm.3670. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34424194.

2 thoughts on “Lightning rounds #10: Physical examination in the ICU”

  1. The signs of physical gestalt as you lay them out is really just an adult-ified pediatric assessment triangle! This whole topic is very much a core piece of the art vs. science of medicine.

    1. Yes! After I came up with that model, I came across the pediatric assessment triangle and realized how closely they resembled one another. Humans are humans, I guess.

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