Cardiovascular assessment in children: assessing pulse and blood pressure
Frances Howlin Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Ireland
Maria Benner Lecturer, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin, Ireland
Cardiovascular assessment is an important nursing skill in the assessment and management of acutely ill children and children with chronic conditions. This article outlines the differences in the cardiovascular systems of infants, children and adults, and explains how to provide circulatory assessment in children, focusing on assessing pulse and blood pressure.
Nursing Children and Young People. 22, 1,25-35. doi: 10.7748/paed2010.02.22.1.25.c7528
Published in print: 02 February 2010