Remember we did an episode with Keith Conover on creating resus resource packs for your body, car, and home? Well, Andrew Sloas of the PEMED podcast took the advice to heart. He created 3 identical kits, for his and his wife’s car and for his house. Crazy or Brilliant? Let us know in the comments section. Here’s Andrew:
PEMED’s Resus Kit
This list is designed to allow you to create a similar emergency resus kit, but saves you the painstaking hours that I spent considering not only how to get all this stuff into a trauma bag, but how to arrange it in the most functional manner.
The first column describes the item type and the second column the location of each item. I have also provided you with the merchant i used and a hyperlink to each item’s web-POS page. The price I paid is in the next column, but that will fluctuate. Some of the items must be purchased in bulk, but I try to only have 1-2 in my bag. As you can imagine, the bag is fairly heavy with one of each item. How often are you expecting to get two emergency out of hospital intubations on your family at the same time? Just stick with one item for most things.
Compartment 1 – The Main Compartment: This is where all the airway stuff is located (with the exception of the surgical airway kit). When things are really bad (let’s face it they’re really really bad if you ever have to use this kit) and you haven’t looked at the kit in over a year, you wont’ have to relearn where everything is located. Everything you need to intubate is in one space.
Compartment 2 – Fluids, Drugs, & Accessories: This section is color coded via the handy multicolor velcro packets that come with the trauma backpack. I labeled each packet with permanent ink to make it easy to find things during a code. Again, the last thing I want to do when I’m thinking about intubating a friend or family member is stop and search for things.
Compartment 3 – Central Line, gloves and face shields.
Side Pockets – For all the non-medical stuff or anything you can’t fit in the main compartments.
- Some of the items don’t have a merchant listed. Those items were obtained over years of teaching airway. Often your hospital will get rid of items, which would make a great addition to your bag, just because past their expiration date. Make friends with your supply tech.
- Volume ordered = if I had to buy it in bulk it that is the minimum number you can buy for that price.
- I keep a central line kit in the bag not because I’m planning on lining-up someone at Arby’s, but because it can be used for so many other things: the scalpel is great for procedures if the other scalpel is in use, the needle is great for thoracostomy, retrograde intubation, or cric.
- A 10F peds stylet works with a 4.0ET and all adult ETs, so you don’t really need an adult ET stylet.
- The M6 oxygen tank has a built in wrench, but it’s flimsy and the having an additional oxygen wrench is a necessary backup. Tape the wrench to your oxygen tank or you’ll never find it when you need it.
- I have a simple CPR resus mask easily accessible in one of the side-pockets because my nanny can’t intubate, but she can use the mask
- I chose ET sizes 4,5,6, 7 to make sure I have a tube for everyone. I omitted an 8 because I’m not planning on bronching anyone in the field. You could probably get buy with a just a 4, 5, and 6.
- Super Glue = poor man’s Dermabond. Good for everything from gluing in an IV or chest tube, to repairing small lacerations. This is the item in my bag that I use the most…for lacerations, not chest tubes.
- I only have an adult EpiPen (no EpiPen Jr in the bag), why no peds dosing, because an overdose of epi doesn’t make your head, heart, or lungs explode. 300-500 mcg ain’t going to hurt anyone (even a child). If they need epi they need epi so just give he adult dose….
- Cric Kit, just bc I happen to have one and I like contingency plans, but for me I perform surgical airways with a bougie and scalpel.
- Suction Tubing: Great tubing for Heimlich valve – thoracostomy tube also a good 2nd tourniquet
- Why an 8F Thoracostomy tube: it has a needle-like trochar stylet, which makes it the most perfect device invented for needling a tension PTX in the field when there are no other options. Put it in the same place you’d put a chest tube; even with the nipple. Once your in, just slip the tube in over the trochar-stylet. I prefer the traditional surgical technique (no trochar) when in a controlled environment like the ED.
- Write instructions on things you don’t use all the time (ie. “Blue goes toward the chest”on the Heimlich valve package).