What does a GP do?

Includes information on physical examinations

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  • What does a GP do?
    • visual check
    • ask questions
      • what is wrong?
      • how long have you been suffering?
      • symptoms
    • medical history
      • related conditions
      • family history
    • physical examinations
      • stethoscope
        • heart/lungs
        • metal cup attached to tubes
        • channels sound to ears
          • blocks out external sounds
          • does NOT amplify sound
      • blood pressure
      • temperature
        • normal = 36.4 degrees C - 37.2 degrees C
        • digital thermometer
          • hold till it beeps
        • ear
          • tympanic
      • palpation
        • both hands
          • one hand to brace the area
          • other hand checks for lumps, bumps, areas of tenderness, and pain reactions
      • percussion
        • two fingers tap an area (back or chest)
        • listen for sounds made
          • hollow sound = normal - full of air
          • dull thud = abnormal sound
      • fluid testing
        • urine
          • dip test
          • infections
          • diabetes
          • sent to a lab
        • blood
          • full blood count
            • lack of red blood cells indicated anaemia
          • sugar
            • diabetes
        • phlegm
          • colour and texture
          • sent for tests
        • stool samples
          • blood
          • food poisoning

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