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Pediatric Abdominal Assessment

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated August 22, 2022.



Valda Duke MNNP Centre for Nursing Studies, Denise Miller BNRNMN Center

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A 10 year old female who is accompanied by her mother is presenting to the ER with complaints of abdominal pain for the past week,which has increased in intensity to 7/10 in the past 24 hours.

Learning Objectives:

Demonstrate collection of an abdominal history with a pediatric patient and family to accurately assess the patient’s condition

Demonstrate an abdominal physical assessment of a pediatric patient to accurately assess the patient’s condition

Communicate priority information to the healthcare team to provide competent care and enhance patient outcomes

Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication techniques with the pediatric patient and family to provide competent care

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


This simulation’s scenario and script were formally peer-reviewed by two external institutions, then the final simulation was pilot tested by several students on a student testing committee then as part of the Virtu-WIL Student Program’s rollout.


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Duke V. Pediatric Abdominal Assessment. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Public/community health & health promotion

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