How to find a Pulse and Count it

Find a Pulse and Count it

Welcome to my guide on how to find a pulse and how to count it. It’s a very simple thing to do but learning where the main to pulse locations you’ll need to know and how to count them will help maximize your time, while rooming or entering a patient’s room. So let’s get down to the basics, there are two main pulses that you will use the most. One being the radial pulse and the other being the apical pulse.

Radial pulse:

The radial pulse is found on our wrist just below your palm on the exterior of your wrist when facing upwards. This will be the pulse most commonly used when in a office setting, even in a nursing home, and sometimes in the hospital setting. This pulse is also the pulse that you can use when counting respirations. You can count their respirations and learn to count two things at once. When starting out have paper by you can make a dot for every respiration. Over time you won’t need the paper.

Apical Pulse:

Apical pulse is the pulse that can be found when placing your stethoscope over the heart. This pulse should be easier to count since you will be listening to it and if the scope is placed correctly it should be nice and loud. You can also count respirations while taking the apical pulse by listening to lung sounds and counting them.

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Counting a Pulse rate:

  • Take for 60 seconds.
  • 30 seconds and multiply by 2.
  • 15 seconds and multiply by 4.