Crash Carts

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Purpose[edit | edit source]

A crash cart can provide timely and mobile access to equipment, instruments, materials and pharmaceuticals needed for care of a patient in critical distress. Survival of a patient can depend upon the rapid availability of something in the cart.

Contents[edit | edit source]

Typically, a cart is stocked by an assigned staff member in coordination with a pharmacist and a stores department at the site where the cart is used. Contents are reviewed against a checklist on a fixed schedule and items are replaced after use. Contents accord to site practice. The list here[1] is an example and not authoritative.

An adjustable IV pole and brackets holding an arrest board are on the back of the cart.

Top Drawer[edit | edit source]

WaterlooCrashCartTopDrawer
  • Laryngoscope
  • Intubation (Magill) forceps
  • Suction tubes
  • Oxygen masks

Middle Drawer[edit | edit source]

WaterlooCrashCartMiddleDrawer
  • Disposable endotracheal tubes

Bottom Drawer[edit | edit source]

WaterlooCrashCartLowerDrawer
  • Disposable syringes
  • Dressings
  • Adhesive tapes
  • Disposable gloves

Cubby[edit | edit source]

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  • Portable suction machine
  • Needle disposal box
  • Sphygmomanometer
  1. This list accords to practice of KBNF for shipment to countries in West Africa. Medications are not shipped by KBNF.