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Heart Rate / Pulse

Indirectly measures the rate of contraction of the left ventricle through a peripheral pulse site.

Infant Normal Heart Rate

100 - 130 bpm

Child Normal Heart Rate

80 - 100 bpm

Adult Normal Heart Rate

60 - 100 bpm

Pulse sites

Brachial, carotid, dorsal pedal, femoral, popliteal, posterior tibial, radial, temporal. The carotid and radial sites are the most common sites for measuring a patient's pulse rate.


A condition of a heart rate below 60 bpm.


A condition of a heart rate consistently above 100 bpm.

Strong / Regular

Adequate force and consistent beats.


Poor force with contraction


Inconsistency during heart rate measurement with regard to strength and beat of the heart.

Peripheral Pulse Assessment Grading System: 0 - 3 Scale

0 = absent: 1+ = Weak/thready pulse: 2+ Normal Pulse: 3+ = Full, firm pulse

Peripheral Pulse Assessment Grading System: Pulse Amplitude Classification

0 = Absent: 1+ = diminished: 2+ = Normal: 3+ = Moderately Increased: 4+ = Markedly Increased

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