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An overview of adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation equipment

Bowden, T. and Smith, D. (2017). An overview of adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation equipment. Nursing Standard, 31(23), pp. 54-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10461

Abstract

Nurses have many roles and responsibilities in relation to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), including: recognising that a patient is deteriorating; recognising cardiac arrest and commencing CPR while waiting for the resuscitation team to arrive; ensuring the contents of the resuscitation trolley are present, in date and in full working order; and completing documentation for the National Cardiac Arrest Audit in participating healthcare organisations. Many patient safety incidents involving resuscitation trolley equipment and resuscitation have been reported, and predominantly relate to a lack of equipment, missing equipment and inadequately stocked trolleys. This article provides an overview of the contents of the standard resuscitation trolley and a rationale for the use of each item. It discusses the importance of checking and restocking the resuscitation trolley, as well as the documentation of CPR efforts.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of an article published in Nursing Standard. The version of record can be found at doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10461.
Publisher Keywords: CPR; cardiac arrest; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; crash trolley; emergency care; resuscitation; resuscitation equipment; resuscitation trolley
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19695
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