Pediatrics Question #2


Where should the nurse check the pulse of a 4- month old infant who has stopped breathing?


  1. Apical
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  2. Brachial
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  3. Carotid.
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  4. Femoral.
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The correct answer is B. The brachial artery is the easiest site to find a pulse on an infant. Due to the anatomical location, assessment of the apical pulse can interfere with the beginning of CPR. Infants have very short necks which makes it difficult to detect a carotid pulse. The femoral pulse is more difficult to find on an infant.

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