Crash carts are an essential and life-saving piece of equipment for healthcare facilities. When a patient is experiencing a medical emergency, healthcare workers need to be able to provide critical treatment as fast as possible. Crash carts allow equipment, medications, and instruments needed in these situations to be brought right to the scene. In order to ensure crash carts are ready for the next medical emergency, it is crucial to have a crash cart ready to be used to maximum efficiency by healthcare personnel.
How can you ensure your crash cart is ready for the next health emergency? Here are some aspects to ensure you have in your crash cart so when time is of the essence, all efforts can be put towards saving a patient and not searching for supplies.
In a moment where every second could mean life or death, it is essential to have an efficient operation set-up so every second can be devoted to saving a life. One of the best ways to ensure your crash cart is able to be used efficiently is through the use of drawer labels. Through the use of labels, a facility can ensure supplies are kept in the same exact location all of the time. Healthcare workers are able to find exactly what they need quickly with the organization and in return focus all of their efforts towards saving the patient. But what is the best way to organize your drawers? First for foremost, you want the items that are most often needed in emergencies to be on top of the cart or in the first two drawers. Let's take a look at how to optimally organize a crash cart.
- On the top of the cart you should have a biphasic defibrillator with adult paddles and adult multi-purpose pads, along with pads and paddles for infants. Ambu-bags with facemasks and oxygen tub connectors in both adult and child sizes can be found on one side of the cart, and a compressed oxygen tank on the other side. On the back of the crash cart, a CPR backboard can also be placed.
- The top two drawers should contain essential resuscitation medications with clear labels and organization. These two drawers normally are compartmentalized in order to allow medications to be stored separately and be visible as well as first glance.
- The third drawer is normally designated to contain all supplies needed to establish peripheral intravenous access rapidly which would include angiocatheters, needles, alcohol wipes, syringes and more.
- The fourth drawer usually is designed to store respiratory equipment and supplies.
- The fifth drawer is mainly designated for holding larger supplies and instruments that are not needed for all emergencies, but just for special emergencies.
To put it simply, you need to be able to access all supplies and equipment quickly and easily during medical emergencies. Breakaway locks are a great way to keep supplies safe while they are not needed, but also provide easy access to supplies when they are needed through one quick motion. These locks not only allow for quick response time, but also help a facility know what supplies were used in the emergency. With this, they know which supplies need to be restocked. Restocking a crash cart after each use is a must and builds into the factor of accessibility. Restocking right after the use of a crash cart ensures accessibly for the next emergency call that requires the use of the crash cart.
Crash carts need to be able to move to the location where there is a medical emergency. Having a mobile crash cart that is able to quickly shift and make corners is very important and having casters that allow these movements can help a crash cart be moved to where it is needed as quickly as possible. Not only is it crucial that your cart can maneuver hallways easily, but also maneuver around a patients room so that the cart can be close to the healthcare provider.