Cardiovascular assessment in children: assessing pulse and blood pressure
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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