7 Emergency Preparedness

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Emergency Preparedness

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Lecture aim To decide on a system on DU so can give good emergency care

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What is needed on the DU to be prepared for emergencies?

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Nurses trained and refreshed in emergency care Doctors on-call who can come quickly in emergency Communication System to doctors / to ICU / to anaesthetist Checklists, protocols Resus Trolley Emergency Drugs Emergency Equipment

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Training – how to ensure?

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Communication System To doctors to ICU / to anaesthetist

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CHECK LISTS

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What should be in the Resus Trolley?

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AOro-pharyngeal airways Suction catheters (Suction Machine) ETT size 6, 7, 8 (paediatric?) Cuff syringe 10ml tape

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BOxygen masks Oxygen nasal prongs (Oxygen cylinder or concentrator) Bag-and-mask

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CIV Cannulae Syringes Giving Sets Tape Gloves

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RL/NS Glucose Adrenaline Atropine Hydralazine Diazepam Morphine Salbutamol Nitroglycerine Furosemide Newspaper Intubation drugs? Drugs

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How to ensure the equipment & drugs are always there?Named person responsible for daily / Every shift?

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Summary To be prepared for emergencies the DU needs a well stocked resus trolley The resus trolley needs to be checked systematicallyPreparedness saves lives

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Last Updated: 8th March 2018