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Preparing for Incoming Emergencies

Preparing for an incoming emergency often means preparing for “any” type of emergency. Often when the client calls the hospital they are so upset it is not always possible to find out what kind of an emergency, the type of pet or how long before their arrival. The following are several lists of items that should be prepared. Your crash kit should be fully stocked at all times and be checked on a monthly basis for soon to expire drugs and supplies. There is also a list of supplies you will need to quickly gather and have prepared. If there are multiple employees available each one should be assigned an area to prepare, if you are alone prepare in order of priority: Airway/breathing, Circulation, Crash cart, Electrocardiogram machine, and radiology.

Crash Kit-Drugs
Adrenaline (Epinephrine)
Aminophyline
Atropine
CalciumGluconate
Crystalloid
Dexamethasone
Diphenhydramine Hydrochloride
Dobutamine Hydrochloride
Dopamine Hydrochloride
Furosemide
Heparin
Glucose
Lidocaine
Mannitol
Methylprednisolone Sodium Succinate
Naloxone
Propranolol

Crash Kit-Equipment
Drug dosage chart
Calculator
Stethoscope
Variety of IV catheters
Variety of sterile syringes and needles
Administration line
Extension sets
T-connector
Injection caps
1” white tape
Scissors
Sterile lubricant
Ophthalmic ointment
Three Way Stop Cock
Chest tubes
Tracheostomy tubes

Supplies Near by
Thermometer
Glucose monitor
Refractometer, PCT tubes, clay
Blood collection tubes
Varity of Endotracheal tubes
Laryngoscope with small and large blades
Anesthesia Masks in a variety of sizes
Blood Pressure Machine
Bandaging material
Electrocardiogram machine
Alcohol
Blankets/towels
Warming device
Clipper with new 40 blades
Betadine or Chlorhexidine scrub
IV pump
Anesthesia machine/Oxygen source prepared
Pulse Ox Machine
Ultrasound machine prepared
Radiology prepared

Reference:
Minor Veterinary Surgery – Julian Hoad
Small Animal Surgical Nursing Skills and Concepts – Sara J. Busch
Small Animal Surgical Nursing – Diane L. Tracy