Nursing. 24(4):22, APR 1994 Issn Print: Model.IssnPrint Publication Date: 1994/04/01 Print Clinical Do's & Don'ts: ASSESSING A CAROTID PULSE Edwina McConnell; + Author Information author of Clinical Do's and Don'ts, is an independent nurse-consultant in Madison, Wis. Checking for direct PDF access through Ovid Abstract Peripheral pulses may be difficult or impossible to feel in a patient with decreased cardiac output. If so, you'll need to assess his carotid pulse. These guidelines will help you.