Individual Responsibilities

Every healthcare practitioner has a responsibility to be familiar with cardiac arrest equipment. Practical training in the use of resuscitation equipment is likely to be available through the hospital RO. Whilst familiarity is required by all healthcare professionals, training in the actual use of a piece of equipment may not be appropriate; for example, using a laryngoscope and ETT to intubate a patient is a very specialist skill.

Following a resuscitation attempt, it is important that the cardiac arrest trolley or system is replenished almost immediately in case a further cardiac arrest occurs in a short time frame.

Equipment such as the LMA may be disposable or auto-clavable. However, many items of resuscitation equipment are now completely disposable after single use.

It is always worth considering what would happen in the event of equipment failure and where alternative equipment may be found. Following a resuscitation event, any faulty equipment should be reported and replaced.

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