II. Protocol

  1. Perform in warm Ambient Temperature
  2. Perform on finger or arm held at heart level (skin over Sternum in infants)
  3. Press on skin to cause blanching
  4. Measure time in seconds for the blanched skin to return to the same color as surrounding skin

III. Interpretation

  1. Capillary Refill is prolonged if over 1.5 to 2 seconds
  2. Prolonged Capillary Refill Time suggests diminished localized Blood Flow or Dehydration

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