Restocking a Traumatic Arrest

The acuity of a flight can, in most cases, be deduced by the number and type of supplies needed to restock the aircraft.

I took this photo after one of the most broken trauma patients I have flown.

It isn’t a great photo, but you should be able to play ‘Guess the Intervention’ with the equipment on the cart. I will post the actual equipment list when I locate which flight suit pocket it is in.

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  1. Jeez;
    2 litres saline, enough syringes to drown in, ET tube, BVM, Defib Pads, Drugs Kit (? The blue bag) and the list goes on.
    There was more wrong with this patient than there was right with them.

    The indicator I use is; if it takes longer to restock than it did to care for the patient, it was a bad case. (My personal record is an hour and forty minutes).

  2. I feel your pain. only instead of cleaning and stocking a helicopter, its an ambulance. Being at the hospital trying to get the blood cleaned off of everything and “barrowing” equipment from the ER, so you don’t have to return to base to restock. All the while the dispatcher is paging you and calling you over the radio for another call. I hate that….. JS

  3. Is that a bougie on the left? looks like it. I can only imagine what a pain in the ass that would be to use in the field. tell me it’s something else.

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