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Heart Rate / Pulse
Indirectly measures the rate of contraction of the left ventricle through a peripheral pulse site.
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.
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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