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3.5: Finding the Error Activity- Infant Apical Pulse – Answer

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  • As per Figure 3.11, an incorrect technique is being demonstrated because the stethoscope is placed on the incorrect side of the chest. The correct technique (Figure 3.12) to auscultate the apical pulse of an infant is to place the stethoscope at the left midclavicular line in the fourth intercostal space.

    incorrect_checkbox.png Incorrect placement of stethoscope


    Figure 3.11: Incorrect placement of stethoscope

    correct_checkbox.png Correct placement of stethoscope

    While taking the apical pulse of an infant, place the stethoscope at the fourth intercostal space at the left mid-clavicular line.


    Figure 3.12: Correct placement of stethoscope