To accurately assess for jaundice in a patient with dark skin, the nurse should examine which area of the body?

Hard palate of the mouth


•Jaundice is best assessed in the sclera. However, the dark-skinned patient may normally have yellow pigmentation in the sclera. Inspection of the hard palate for a yellow color can confirm the presence of jaundice.

•Cyanosis is best observed in the nail beds.

•Skin on the palm of the hand can indicate jaundice but not skin on the back of the hand.

•Jaundice can be assessed on the soles of the feet in a patient with dark skin. However, it is better assessed in the hard palate.

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