Acute Abdomen. The “Black Hole” of Medicine. Acute Abdomen. General name for presence of signs, symptoms of inflammation of peritoneum (abdominal lining). Determining exact cause is irrelevant in pre-hospital medicine.
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The “Black Hole” of Medicine
Initial Assessment: Sick/Not Sick
Rapid, shallow breathing
Anorexia, nausea, vomiting
Constipation or bloody stool
FeverSigns and Symptoms
In females, abdominal pain =
GYN problem until proven otherwise
Patient position of comfort
Maintain body temperature
Calm & reassure
Monitor vital signs every 5 minutes