The nurse is assessing for abdominal pulsations in a client with a visible mass below the umbilicus. The nurse should use which technique?

  • light palpation
  • inspection
  • percussion
  • deep palpation
Number 1 is correct.
The nurse should use light palpation when assessing for pain, possible mass, or pulsations in the abdomen. Deep palpation is used for assessing organs such as liver and spleen. Inspection is a visual assessment, and percussion may be used to determine if abdominal fluid or organ enlargement is present.