Did you know appendicitis is one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions you’ll see in the clinical setting? It’s also highly likely to show up on nursing school exams!

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Why symptoms can vary so much from person to person
  • What we now know about the appendix (turns out, it’s not totally useless!)
  • The classic presentation of a patient with appendicitis
  • How to assess for rebound tenderness
  • Where McBurney’s point is located
  • Why pain medication might be held initially 
  • Which tests are utilized for a patient with appendicitis and why this is different in children
  • The treatments for appendicitis
  • What to teach your patient/family after an appendectomy

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