Part of Lesson Plan: Vital Signs
Activity Overview / Details
Areas of the body where the artery is closer to the surface of the skin. By pressing down on these areas, you can feel a pulse and count how fast the heart is beating.
Display transparency - Pulse Sites
Go through common pulse sites:
- radial - thumb side of wrist, most commonly used
- brachial - used for obtaining pulse in infants; taking blood pressures
- apical - obtained by using a stethoscope and listening to the heart beat
- carotid - both sides of neck, used for CPR
- popliteal - behind the knee
- femoral - deep inside the upper thigh
- pedal pulses - used to assess circulation in the lower extremities
Have students find the following pulse sites on their partner:
Assist students as needed.
Materials / Resource
- Pulse Sites.pdf [ Download ]