Pulse is one of the vital signs. Changes in pulse can indicate whether there is a problem in persons health.
Pulse is the reflection of the heart beat.
The most common site is the radial pulse. Radial pulse is on the lower side of the wrist.
Three things to look for while taking pulse is the rate, rhythm, and the volume.
Rate will determine if pulse is too fast(tachycardia), too slow(bradycardia), and normal. Rhythm will either be regular or irregular(arrythmia). Volume will determine whether the pulse is strong, weak, thready, or bounding.
Normal adult pulse rates are 60-100 bpm.
Normal infants pulse rates are 100-160 bpm.
Children under 7 normal pulse rates 80-110 bpm, Children over 7 normal pulse rates 70-90 bpm
Introduce self to client
Explain procedure to client, speaking clearly, slowly, and directly, maintain face-to-face contact whenever possible.
Place fingetips on thumb side of clients wrist to locate radial pulse
Count beats for one full minute
Make sure signaling device is within clients reach
After obtaining pulse by paplating in radial artery position, record pulse rate within plus or minus 4 beats of evaluator's reading *Count for one full minute.