Last updated: January 26, 2021
Emergencies in a Neonatal ICU can be nerve-wracking at best. Any time we are caring for our most precious babies and things go wrong, life gets instantly hectic. As healthcare providers, we need our supplies, our medications and our equipment at our fingertips. One of the best ways to make this happen is to organize the “crash carts” according to the Broselow™ Tape. The Broselow™ Tape is placed on the table and the child is placed next to the tape. Based on the length of the baby they will fall in a colored area which lists appropriate medication doses and equipment sizes. If the crash cart is organized correctly, the caregiver simply opens the drawer of the corresponding color and will find the appropriate sizes of equipment and medications. Organization of this type helps to save time and prevent mistakes. The following lists show complete content listing for Broselow™ ColorCode Carts. Compatible parts: PBL-PC-9, PBL-PC-9A.
General equipment may be placed on the cart according to staff preference.
You will notice that the Broselow™ type cart shown here has color coded drawers which match the results from the Broselow™ Tape measurement. This level of organization enhances response time and effectiveness by putting the correct size equipment at your fingertips, already sorted for the size infant or child that you attempting to resuscitate.
Note about color blindness: Color blindness affects a significant number of people, especially white men (approx. 10% in USA). To increase accessibility of the Broselow™ color-coded crash cart, we recommend explicitly labeling each drawer in high-contrast black-ink labels. We have created a set of shelf labels (standard Avery 5160) that can be downloaded here. For JCAHO, please cover the stickers with clear plastic tape!
The worst thing ever is to reach for a piece of emergency equipment or an emergency medication and find it inoperable or expired. It is important that the crash cart be checked regularly and maintained so that its contents are there when needed.
The following is a maintenance routine that should be completed at least monthly:
Provides all drugs listed here. Minimum account expenditure is $50,000 per month to create an account. (If your practice is part of a hospital network, they may already have an account.)
Every equipment and drug item listed here is available from Boundtree with no account minimums.
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IT depends upon the policy of your facility. But if you are going to utilize a backboard for pediatrics be sure to have padding of some type available to pad under the torso so that the head does not end up flexed and the airway obstructed.
There is no standard list. It is defined by the policies of your institution.
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