EMS Tips

Blood Pressure Assessment Tip: Palpate while you Auscultate

Paramedic and EMS instructor David Arredondo sent this blood pressure assessment tip:

When auscultating a Blood Pressure, use your bulb hand to feel for the radial pulse. You can auscultate and palpate at the same time. If you are not able to hear a BP, you might be able to feel for one.

Thanks David for submitting a tip. Reader tips are always welcome.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.