Spare Tender Abdomens With “Verbal Anesthesia”

When you examine a tender abdomen,palpate as lightly as possible while youask about the patient’s job, family, andhobbies.

When you examine a tender abdomen,palpate as lightly as possible while youask about the patient's job, family, andhobbies. If deeper palpation is necessary,inform the patient that there willbe more pressure, and continue yourconversation. Most patients will react,or interrupt you, when you reach atender spot.-- David L. Smith, MD
   Lewiston, Me