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Friday Feb 16, 2018

Medical emergencies: Do you have these items at the ready?

The availability of certain equipment and medications in your office is key to your ability to respond effectively to a medical emergency. Ensuring that staff members can access these items efficiently and use them correctly is also critical. Keeping in mind your office size, staffing, and proximity to emergency services, consider stocking the following items (download the checklist from the FPM Toolbox):

Equipment

Automated external defibrillator (AED)

Bag mask ventilator (two bag sizes and three mask sizes for adult, pediatric, and infant)

Blood pressure cuff (all sizes)

Blood spill cleanup kit

Cardiac board

CPR barrier device

Eye wash

Glucometer

Intravenous catheter/butterfly needles (18 to 24 gauge)

Intravenous extension tubing and T-connectors

Nasal airways (one set)

Nasogastric tubes

Nasal cannula for oxygen

Nebulizer or metered dose inhaler with spacer and face mask

Non-rebreather mask (three sizes)

Oxygen mask (three sizes)

Oxygen tank and flow meter

Portable suction device and catheters, or bulb syringe

Pulse oximeter for child and adult usage

Resuscitation tape (color-coded)

Universal precautions (latex-free gloves, masks, and eye protection)

Medications

Acetaminophen (rectal suppositories)

Albuterol

Aspirin, chewable

Atropine

Ceftriaxone

Corticosteroids, parenteral

Dextrose 25% and 50%

Diazepam, parenteral

Diphenhydramine, oral and parenteral

Epinephrine injection

Flumazenil

Glucagon

Lidocaine

Lorazepam, sublingual

Morphine

Naloxone

Nitroglycerin spray

Saline, normal

Posted at 09:00AM Feb 16, 2018 by FPM Editors

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