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Pediatric Abdominal Assessment

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated December 19, 2023.



Valda Duke, MN NP, Centre for Nursing Studies
Denise Miller, BN RN MN, Centre for Nursing Studies

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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:

  1. Demonstrate collection of an abdominal history with a pediatric patient and family to accurately assess the patient’s condition.
  2. Demonstrate an abdominal physical assessment of a pediatric patient to accurately assess the patient’s condition.
  3. Communicate priority information to the healthcare team to provide competent care and enhance patient outcomes.
  4. Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication techniques with the pediatric patient and family to provide competent care.

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


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Duke V, Miller D. 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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