Measurement of radial pulse and respirations (Trial Module)
Trial Module: this module is a shortened version for trial purposes only.
Respirations and pulse rates are performed as part of the skill set, vital signs.
Respirations: A nurse must use their sense of touch, sight and hearing to assess the rate, rhythm, depth and sound of clients respiration.
In a healthy adult normal respirations should be within the range of 11 – 20 breaths per minute.
Pulse: This skill is included when taking patients vital signs. A nurse or health care provider, must use their sense of touch to accurately count a pulse for sixty seconds, referred to as the pulse rate, and document this on the appropriate chart.
Whilst counting the pulse rate a nurse is also assessing the rhythm and volume of the pulse they are feeling.
Normal pulse rate in a healthy adult is between 60 and 100 bpm (beats per minute).