Yikes, I responded to a student post about checking poptiteal pulses and another responder mentioned every nurse should be checking their patient's radial and pedal pulses on every assessment! I've been in many areas of acute care and out patient nursing. The past 10 years my patients have been connected to pulse oximeters and auto bp cuffs. Even 15-20 years ago when my patients weren't connected to any monitors I would never think I should check radial and pedal pulses on every patient! Sure I can think of many reasons I would check various pulses. But geez, a kind of baseline healthy patient admitted with asthma, I'm going to check their pedal pulses???? What am I missing here?