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ERP Week 1

Vital Signs and Measurements Chpt 37 - Pulse /Apical pulse

The pulse is caused by The contractions of the heart, felt through the arteries
Pulses are obtained how? Through palpation (feeling)
When palpating a pulse you use? The tips of your first two or three fingers
You should never palpate a pulse with? Your thumb
When a pulse is palpated you should Exert slight pressure and count for 30 seconds. *Double this # for final rate*
An irregular pulse should be counted for how long? One minute
A weak pulse is described as? Thready or feeble
A srong pulse is described as? Bounding
The carotid pulse is located? On either side of the anterior neck
During an emergency which pulse would you palpate? The carotied artery
The brachial pulse is located? At the crease of the elbow
The radial pulse is located? At the lateral aspect of the wrist on the thumb side
The most commonly palpated pulse is the? Radial pulse
The femeral pulse is located? At the medial aspect of the superior thigh
The popliteal pulse is located? Posterior to the patella
The dorsalis pedis pulse is located? On the dorsal surface of each foot adjacent to the extensor tendon of each great toe
The posterior tibial pulse is located? On the medial side of each ankle posterior to the medial malleolous
Pulse rate is measured in? BPM Beat per minute
Normal Pulse <1 yr (Infant) 100-160 BPM
Normal Pulse 1-2 yr (toddler) 90-150 bpm
Normal Pulse 2-5 yr (preschool) 80-140 bpm
Normal Pulse 6-12 yr (school age) 70-120 bpm
Normal Pulse +12 60-100 bpm
a slow pulse is called? Bradycardic
A rapid pulse is called? Tachycardic
Created by: adrouillard