When listening to the brachial pulse I note that the needle will move before I actually hear anything, a considerable amount (about 7 - 10 mmHg). I note that the same applies to diastole. I notice the needle twitch 7 - 10 mmHg POST the last sound. I have an automatic wrist BP machine and it gives me higher readings than what I'M coming up my self. I am worried I cannot hear the first few sounds or last few sounds. I am using the correct side of the steth. I am using the correct lining of the ear pieces. I have a Littmann II Classic. Is it just Me getting anxed over my skill check off coming up in a week or what???
We had an exam at the end of last week (the same week we were told we would have vitals check off the next week, giving us two weeks to practice. Well no one would practice with me that week. People were too busy about the exam coming up that Friday. I am becoming anxed as the exam is now a week away and the only arms I truly have are my classmates. My mom becomes very annoyed after 3 times, and I have no one else. I practice on my self just to get a feel for the sounds not to really get accurate measurements, as I'm sure that would be quite hard.