Best methods to assess a childs circulatory status

What are the best methods to assess a child’s circulatory status? 

Assessment of a child’s circulatory status should always include appraisal of the following:

  • • Skin and mucous membrane color
  • • Presence and quality of pulses
  • • Capillary refill
  • • Heart rate and blood pressure

Always keep in mind that in the instance of acute blood loss, the protective mechanisms of increased heart rate and increased vascular resistance maintain a child’s blood pressure within a normal range in spite of losses as high as 25% of total body blood volume.


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