A crash cart at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, Michigan.
A crash cart made in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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 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]
- Intubation (Magill) forceps
- Suction tubes
- Oxygen masks
Middle Drawer[edit | edit source]
- Disposable endotracheal tubes
Bottom Drawer[edit | edit source]
- Disposable syringes
- Adhesive tapes
- Disposable gloves
Cubby[edit | edit source]
- Portable suction machine
- Needle disposal box