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EQUIPMENT

SIMS Medical Center at STCC provides a powerfully realistic environment for student learning, multi-professional team training, crisis management as well as other educational goals. To reach these goals a diverse equipment system is required. In this area students can become familiarized with the diverse array of equipment they can expect to utilize during their time at SIMS Medical Center.

Adult Code Cart

The Adult Code Cart is a set of trays/drawers/shelves on wheels used in medical centers for transportation and dispensing of emergency medication/equipment at site of medical/surgical emergency for life support protocols (ACLS/ALS) to potentially save someone's life.

The contents of a cart can vary, but typically contains the tools and drugs needed to treat a person in or near cardiac arrest. These items include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor/Defibrillators

  • Suction devices

  • Bag Valve Masks (BVMs) of different sizes

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) drugs 

  • First line drugs for treatment of common problems .

  • Drugs for rapid sequence intubation

  • Oxygen Delivery Devices: Nasal Cannulas, Nebulizers, Non-Rebreather masks

  • Airway Management Equipment such as: Endotracheal Tubes and other Intubating Equipment

  • Drugs for peripheral and central venous access

Broselow Pediatric Cart

The Broselow Pediatric Emergency Cart is used in conjunction with the Broselow Tape. The tape is a color-coded tape measure that is used throughout the world for pediatric emergencies.

 

The Broselow Tape relates a child’s height as measured by the tape to his/her weight to provide medical instructions including medication dosages, the size of the equipment that should be used, and the level of shock voltage when using a defibrillator.

Particular to children is the need to calculate all these therapies for each child individually. In an emergency the time required to do this detracts from valuable time needed to evaluate, initiate, and monitor patient treatment.

 

The Broselow Tape is designed for children up to approximately 12 years of age who have a maximum weight of roughly 36 kg (80 pounds).