Blood Pressure and Pulse
Blood Pressure & Pulse
Please assess the student as they measure the patient's pulse and blood pressure (by palpation and auscultation).
Student's Email:

GENERAL - Observe the student doing the following:

Washes hands
       
Introduces self and exam to patient
           
Appropriate draping of patient

Patient's arm at the level of the heart, supine or sitting with feet on floor

               

PULSE - Observe the student measure the patient's pulse:

Locates and palpates the brachial or radial pulse

Comments on rate (in bpm), amplitude, and regularity

               

BLOOD PRESSURE - Observe the student performing the following manoeuvers:

Uses the correct size cuff
       
Wraps the cuff in the correct location

2cm above antecubital fossa over the brachial artery

               
Palpates the brachial pulse

Located medial to biceps tendon

               
Measures BP by palpation

Palpates radial artery while inflating BP cuff. Point at which radial pulse reappears during cuff deflation is systolic BP

               
Measures BP by auscultation

Placing stethoscope over brachial artery, inflate cuff to 20 mm Hg above SBP as measured by palpation. Deflates cuff at 2 mm Hg/sec and auscultates for Korotkoff sounds.