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Parent Circulatory Motor Sensory Testing (CMS)

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1 Checking the carotid pulse is part of routine CMS testing.


2 CSM should be checked before and after any intervention like cervical collar placement or splinting that could impair blood flow.



When performing an assessment of a patient who could potentially have a stroke, CSM assessment should be performed

. This allows for the provider to assess for any significant differences.

4 When assessing CSM for a trauma patient, it is important that you

Perform a head-tilt chin-lift
Remove the socks and shoes
Keep the patient warm
Take a set of vital signs

5 Why do we stabilize joints for trauma patients when we check CSM?

The patient may be unable to move the joint by themselves
Moving a joint may cause the patient substantial pain if it is not stabilized
In preparation for splinting
So that the patient's movement will not affect any other treatments or assessments that are ongoing

6 CSM assessment will determine if could be neurological impairments of the extremity.


7 CSM must be performed in the order of circulation, sensation, motor.


8 You have been called to respond for a 58 year old transient male who was witnessed to be slurring his speech and having difficulty walking by a Good Samaritan who is no longer on scene. Your patient is AxO 4 and does not wish to be transported. He is slurring his speech and has asymmetrical grip strengths. He tells you that these findings are normal, as he had a stroke several years prior. Can asymmetrical findings be normal?


9 Which of the following pulse points are used for distal CSM assessment in the field?

Radial pulse
Ulnar pulse
Popliteal pulse
Carotid pulse
Dorsal pedal pulse
Brachial pulse
Apical pulse
Posterior tibial pulse
Femoral pulse

10 A patient's description of a sensation can also be an important finding.


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Authors Josh Hantke
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Created October 25, 2021 by Josh Hantke
Modified March 1, 2023 by Felipe Schenone
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