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Heart Rate / Pulse

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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.
Bradycardia
A condition of a heart rate below 60 bpm.
Tachycardia
A condition of a heart rate consistently above 100 bpm.
Strong / Regular
Adequate force and consistent beats.
Weak
Poor force with contraction
Irregular
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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