How to Safely Take Your Pulse
Do not have students use the carotid artery in the neck to find their pulse. Applying too much pressure there could stimulate a reflex mechanism that can slow down the heart.
The safest and most common site to check pulse is on the thumb side of the wrist (radial pulse). Use the middle finger and ring finger together to apply slight pressure at the location shown. This is the pulse site recommended for the general public by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health.
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- Moreno, N., Tharp, B., and Dresden, J. (2011) The Science of Air Teacher’s Guide. Baylor College of Medicine: Houston. ISBN: 978-1-888997-74-3
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