i am an administrative RN at a ltc facility. i'm still a fairly new nurse... had clinical at a huge level 1 trauma center... saw codes all the time there. well at my ltc facility, our crash cart consists of an O2 tank, some tubing, an oral airway, suction machine with suction catheters, a backboard, etc. it is my understanding that in my state there must be a difibrillator anywhere that cardiac arrest may occur once a year or something like that. clearly, we have residents arrest several times a year, so why don't we have one?
what's your crash cart like at your facility?
also - how to you check the code status without running back to the nurses station. if my patient is a full code, i have to run back to the nurses station which is at least a 2 minute RUN back and forth. that's valuable time! and on night shift, we only have 3 nurses working, you're lucky to even get help. i'm terrified of a code on 11-7. luckily all the ones i've had have been during the day when lots of us were there.