Pulse Amplitude Monitoring

Pulse Amplitude Monitoring

Determining the presence and strength of peripheral pulses, an essential part of cardiovascular assessment, helps you to evaluate the adequacy of peripheral perfusion. A pulse amplitude monitor simplifies this procedure. A sensor taped to the patient’s skin over a pulse point sends signals to a monitor, which measures the amplitude of the pulse and displays it as a waveform on a screen. The system continuously monitors the patient’s peripheral pulse so you can perform other patient care duties.

The pulse amplitude monitor can be used after peripheral vascular reconstruction on the upper or lower extremities or after
percutaneous transluminal peripheral or coronary angioplasty (either with the sheaths in place or after they’ve been removed).

Because the sensor monitors only relatively flat pulse points, it can’t be used for the posterior tibial pulse point. Also, movement distorts the waveform, so the patient must stay as still as possible during monitoring. The patient shouldn’t have lesions on the skin where the pulse will be monitored because the sensor must be placed directly on this site; the sensor and tape could irritate the lesion, or the lesion could impair transmission of the pulse amplitude. If the patient has a strong peripheral pulse, you’ll see an adequate waveform.

Preparation of Equipment

Plug the monitor into a grounded outlet. Turn on the monitor and allow it to warm up, which may take up to 10 seconds. Plug the sensor cable into the monitor; then tap the sensor gently. If tapping causes interference on the display screen, you can assume the sensor-monitor connection is functioning properly.

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Pulse Amplitude Monitoring

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