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The first diagnostic procedure the patient encounters is having their pulse taken.  The pulse may be more extensively evaluated during subsequent examinations.  The ability to palpate properly requires both knowledge and skill. The Pulse Training System teaches both. 

There are two integral skills in palpation of the arterial pulse - visual plus tactile location of anatomical site and detection/perception of the pulse. 
The Pulse Training System is a self-teaching system designed to introduce medical, nursing and paramedical students and personnel to the theory and manual practice necessary for palpation of the arterial pulse.

The system consists of individual Student Text Work Books, computer software to reproduce text, graphics and pulse commands, and two Pulse Palpators (see figure 1) to reproduce palpable pulses. Didactic material is presented by text and color graphics in the Student Text Work Book that also directs the use of computer screens for interactive practice.

Bimanual palpation of arterial pulses is a major initial step in diagnosis of any peripheral arterial insufficiency. Moreover, confirmation of peripheral disease indicates a need for evaluation of internal arteries, and vice versa.

Bimanual palpation of the peripheral arterial system is one of the most efficient and often times productive procedures in a physical exam.


Radial Artery Double beats Irregular rhythm

Radial Artery Double beats Irregular rhythm

Radial artery, 210 bpm Outside physiologic range


Radial artery Dropped beats, Irregular rhythm


Radial artery Normal rhythm

Where used:

  • As a self-teaching system for medical and nursing students in a skills lab
  • For Standardized Patient Examinations
  • With SAM, the Student Auscultation Manikin
  • With CardioSim VII Digital Heart Sound Simulator
  • With UTMB STS System (the pulse palpator of the Pulse Training
  • System can be combined with the carotid pulse palpator
  • of the STS System.)

Major Features:

  • Provides full course of instruction in arterial pulse palpation
  • Single and bimanual pulse palpators included
  • Student Text Work Book included
  • Pulse locations available are: radial, brachial, carotid, femoral and dorsalis pedis
  • Moving pulse waveforms seen on computer screen while palpating the pulse
  • Provides students with a basis for diagnostic information
  • All common abnormalities
  • Most common arrhythmias
  • Self test included
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