Advanced cardiac examination: the arterial pulse
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Advanced cardiac examination: the arterial pulse

Christopher Nicholson Lead clinician, Cardiac and Respiratory Service, Minerva Centre, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Preston

The pulse is a significant indicator of health and can provide valuable information to help make an accurate diagnosis. All nurses should be competent in taking and interpreting the pulse, and developing their expertise in this vital sign. Arterial pulses can be examined at various sites, and this article focuses on techniques for palpating radial, brachial and carotid pulses.

Nursing Standard. 28, 47, 50-59. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.47.50.e8664

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 03 December 2013

Accepted: 08 May 2014