Inevitably nurses in some areas such as cardiac care and casualty are more ready than others. Are you ready for such an event?
Months and even years can go by in some wards and departments without the resus trolley and equipment being used. But it can happen.
Someone can have a cardiac arrest in the street and passersby will do all they can to help. The more widespread availability of portable defibrillators – in major railway stations for example — is helping improve survival rates.
Anyone having a cardiac arrest in a healthcare setting – a hospital, outpatient department or GP surgery stands a far better chance of survival. But that does depend on appropriate response from staff on hand.
Every nurse needs to have a good understanding of what is in the resus trolley and how to use it – wherever they work. This familiarity and skill will help to save lives. Of course some specialty areas see far fewer patients in cardiac arrest each year. But the risk is always there and nurses need to be prepared.
To that end we have just published a two-part series on the cardiac arrest trolley. Part one details at the equipment in the trolley to maintain airway management and breathing while part two focuses on circulation and in particular the drugs used in emergency situations.
Don’t wait until it is too late to make sure you and your resus trolley are up to date.