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Exercises for Lesson 3

1. When the heart beats (pumps blood), a pressure wave is created which travels throughout the arteries. This wave is called the __________ .

2. The patient's pulse rate is the number of times that a pulse can the felt during a(n) __________ period.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXERCISES 3 THRU 10. Match the term in Column I with the appropriate description in Column II by writing the letter of the description in the blank preceding the term.

Column I -- Terms

_____ 3. Bounding pulse

_____ 4. Intermittent pulse

_____ 5. Normal pulse

_____ 6. Thready pulse

_____ 7. Irregular pulse

_____ 8. Bradycardia

_____ 9. Strong pulse

_____ 10.  Tachycardia

Column II -- Descriptions

a. 60-1 00 beats per minute, normal strength, steady rhythm.

b. Over 100 beats per minute.

c. More forceful than normal.

d. Not a steady rhythm.

e. Skipping a beat every few beats.

f. A weak pulse, may be difficult to find at first.

g. Less than 50 beats per minute.

h. A very strong, forceful pulse.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR EXERCISES 11 THRU 14. Match the pulse sites in Column I with the appropriate body parts in Column II.

Column I

_____ 11. Carotid

_____ 12. Dorsalis pedis

_____ 13.Radial

_____ 14.Apical

Column II

a. Chest (over heart)

b. Throat

c. Wrist

d. Top of foot

15.  Find the temporal, carotid, apical, brachial, radial, ulnar, femoral, popliteal, posterior tibial, and dorsalis pedis pulse sites on your own body. Make sure that you can feel the pulse.

16.  Ask a friend to assist you. Determine the person's pulse rate using the radial pulse site, the carotid pulse site, and the dorsalis pedis pulse site. Record each pulse rate.


Solutions to Exercises for Lesson 3

1. Pulse

2. 1 minute (or 60 seconds)

3. h

4. e

5. a

6. f

7. d

8. g

9. c

10. b

11. b

12. d

13. c

14. a

15. Refer to figure 3-2 for locations

16.Did you do the following each time?

a.  Position the person so that he was comfortable and you could reach the pulse site easily.

b.  Locate the pulse using two or three fingertips (no thumb).

c.   Take the pulse for a full 60 seconds (again using two or three fingertips and no thumb).

d.  Note any irregularities in the person's pulse rhythm.

e.  Record the pulse rate as an even number. The pulse rates may vary slightly (para 3-5).

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015