Examine the Jugular Vein


Examine the jugular veins for patency and filling.  This is a good estimation of hydration status along with checking skin turgor.  Any distention or pulsation of the jugular veins may indicate a pleural effusion or cranial thoracic mass obstructing the return of blood flow to the heart.

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New Bolton Center Field Service Department
Students:  Keith Javic - Class of 2003, C. Nikki Conroy - Class of 2003