Head-To-Toe Assessment A. Head (Skull, Scalp, Hair)
April 13, 2008 · 4 Comments
1. Observe the size, shape and contour of the skull.
2. Observe scalp in several areas by separating the hair at various locations; inquire about any injuries. Note presence of lice, nits, dandruff or lesions.
3. Palpate the head by running the pads of the fingers over the entire surface of skull; inquire about tenderness upon doing so. (wear gloves if necessary)
4. Observe and feel the hair condition.
· Generally round, with prominences in the frontal and occipital area. (Normocephalic).
· No tenderness noted upon palpation.
· Lighter in color than the complexion.
· Can be moist or oily.
· No scars noted.
· Free from lice, nits and dandruff.
· No lesions should be noted.
· No tenderness nor masses on palpation.
· Can be black, brown or burgundy depending on the race.
· Evenly distributed covers the whole scalp (No evidences of Alopecia)
· Maybe thick or thin, coarse or smooth.
· Neither brittle nor dry.