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Can't Hear Brachial Pulse

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by Factory Ten Factory Ten (New Member) New Member

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Today in class we began learning about taking vital signs. When it comes to pulses, though, I've been having a lot of trouble. I can only find the brachial and radial pulses occasionally. And when I try to hear the brachial pulse through my stethoscope, I simply can't. Its the latter issue that's really frustrating me.

Is it commonly possible to auscultate the brachial pulse without the BP cuff being attached and partially inflated? Or is this a sound that I'd most likely only hear with a higher-end stethoscope?

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TheSquire has 8 years experience as a DNP, EMT-B, APN, NP and works as a Urgent Care NP, Adjunct Faculty.

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AFAIK, unless you have a Doppler stethoscope, the only pulse in the extremities you should be able to auscultate in a healthy person is the apical pulse.

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