Materials for the paediatric resuscitation trolley or backpack: Expert recommendations

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Cardio-respiratory arrest (CPA) is infrequent in children, but it can occur in any place and at any time. This fact means that every health care facility must always have the staff and material ready to resuscitate a child. These recommendations are the consensus of experts of the Spanish Paediatric and Neonatal Resuscitation Group on the material and medication for paediatric and neonatal resuscitation and their distribution and use. CPR trolleys and backpacks must include the essential material to quickly and efficiently perform a paediatric CPR. At least one CPR trolley must be available in every Primary Care facility, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, and Pre-hospital Emergency Areas, as well as in paediatric wards, paediatric ambulatory areas, and radiology suites. This trolley must be easily accessible and exclusively include the essential items to perform a CPR and to assist children (from newborns to adolescents) who present with a life-threatening event. Such material must be familiar to all healthcare staff and also include the needed spare parts, as well as enough drug doses. It must also be re-checked periodically. The standardisation and unification of the material and medication of paediatric CPR carts, trolleys, and backpacks, as well as the training of the personnel in their use are an essential part of the paediatric CPR.

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López-Herce Cid, J., Rodríguez Núñez, A., Carrillo Álvarez, Á., Zeballos Sarrato, G., Martínez Fernández-Llamazares, C., & Calvo Macías, C. (2018). Materials for the paediatric resuscitation trolley or backpack: Expert recommendations. Anales de Pediatria, 88(3), 122–126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anpedi.2017.05.010

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