An overview of adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation equipment
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An overview of adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation equipment

Tracey Bowden Senior lecturer in cardiac care, nursing division, School of Health Sciences, City University of London, London, England
Duncan Smith Lecturer in adult nursing, nursing division, School of Health Sciences, City University of London, London, England, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, England

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.

Nursing Standard. 31, 23, 54-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10461


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This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism usingautomated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 15 February 2016

Accepted: 22 September 2016

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