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Cardiac Pulses Assessment: Upper Body and Lower Extremity

presented by Amanda Fay, MSN, RN

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Financial: Amanda Fay receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. She has no other financial interests.

Nonfinancial: Amanda Fay is an employee of Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire.

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A pulse assessment is commonly conducted to understand the patient's current status as it deviates from baseline or normal functioning. In this training, we'll review the equipment and procedures assess cardic pulses for the upper and lower extremity. This course includes

- Video demonstrations of procedures
- Downloadable procedure guide PDFs
- Tips and best practices for performing these procedures in the home

The results of this assessment are then used to develop a comprehensive clinical picture with the primary care provider, to develop a proper plan of care, and to implement interventions. Throughout the assessment, nursing staff, physical therapists, and physician assistants must consider the patient's age and genetics, past medical history, surgical interventions, peripheral trauma and scarring, and presence of severe edema.
In this training, we will review the equipment and procedures for identifying and assessing peripheral pulses through palpation.
This course was reviewed by Danielle Pierotti, RN, PhD, CENP, to ensure the content meets current professional guidelines and best evidence-based practices.

Meet Your Instructor

Amanda Fay, MSN, RN

Amanda Fay is a clinical education and evidence-based practice educator, MSN, and RN with more than 21 years of nursing and education experience. She is an innovator with a passion for creating engaging, relevant programs that support individuals' reaching their highest potential in both personal and professional domains. In Amanda's current role as a clinical…

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1. Introduction

This chapter includes an introduction to cardiac pulses assessment, information on all of the equipment needed for cardiac pulses assessment, and recommended infection control policies.

2. Upper Body Pulses

This chapter will provide a step-by-step procedure guide and video demonstration of upper body pulses.

3. Lower Extremity Pulses

This chapter will provide a step-by-step procedure guide and video demonstration of lower extremity pulses.

4. Subjective Assessment

This chapter includes a list of questions you can use for your subjective assessment. It also includes the steps for vital signs assessments and advanced pulse assessments.

5. Tips, Precautions, and Care Considerations

This chapter provides tips and considerations for performing these skills in the home.

6. Documentation Guidelines

This chapter provides recommendations on what to note when documenting for patients receiving cardiac care.

7. Patient Education

This chapter provides information on what education the patient needs to support self-management of their care.

8. Quiz and Bibliography

This chapter includes learning assessment questions to assess the learner’s knowledge of skills covered in this course. A bibliography of referenced material is also included.

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