The nurse is performing a physical assessment on a patient with an aortic dissection. Which of the following should the nurse avoid during the physical assessment?


• Deep palpation of the abdomen may cause aortic rupture. The nurse should never perform deep palpation on a patient with an aortic dissection or AAA

• Incorrect: The nurse should inspect the abdomen for ecchymosis, including turning the patient toward the side to inspect the back for any ecchymosis

• Incorrect: The nurse should also auscultate the aorta for bruits

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