A More Tasteful Oral Exam

December 31, 2006

When you examine the oral cavityof a patient who has an upper respiratorytract infection, use a tonguedepressor that has been rinsed inwarm water and lightly flavored withlemon juice.

When you examine the oral cavityof a patient who has an upper respiratorytract infection, use a tonguedepressor that has been rinsed inwarm water and lightly flavored withlemon juice. The depressor will notstick to the tongue, and it will enableyou to evaluate the patient's senseof taste.-- Bill Fuhrmann, RPA-C
   Rochester, NY