Performance Check-list for Apical Pulse Assessment
___ Reviews patient data
___ Explains the procedure to the patient
___ Gathers equipment
___ Washes hands
___ Cleans earpieces and diaphragm of stethoscope if used by others
___ Positions the patient to accurately locate the area for auscultation.
___ Identifies anatomical landmarks for appropriate placement of the stethoscope.
___ Warms the diaphragm with the palm of the hand before placement
___ Listens while simultaneously timing the assessment
___ Counts rate for 30 seconds or one minute when warranted.
___ Assists the patient to a comfortable position and raises side rails on the bed.
___ Washes hands and recleans the earpieces and diaphragm of stethoscope.
___ Documents correctly.
___ Notifies appropriate person of abnormalities.
Outcome: Pass ___ Fail ___