Quote from ckh23
Knowing the type of patient does help. For trauma patients it is helpful to have the bed covered in chucks for all of the blood. For me personally, I'm a kind of bare essentials to start off with and get certain supplies as I need them. I would eliminate half the things on your list without knowing what type of patient it is. For instance, why would you need a lopez valve on a post op fem-pop that needs vascular checks? By loading up the room it just wastes supplies because people rarely put things back and it just ends up as a bunch of clutter in the room.
Unless they're doing CPR as they're coming up, usually you've got 10-15 minutes to get the room setup with whatever is absolutely necessary. For example, my A&Ox3 30 year old patient here for post-op monitoring doesn't need 2 suction setups, oral swabs, restraints, irrigating water, etc. That stuff really does just end up getting tossed into a drawer and sitting there until a contact bug patient comes in the room, at which point we end up throwing it all out for infection control reasons.
If you have a fresh GI bleed coming up, we may want 2 suction setups for an EGD, an NGT, cylinder and syringe and water for lavage, etc. You can put that in after the nurse has report and knows it will be needed.
Do the bare essentials like monitoring equipment, flushes, a ready and set glucometer, one suction setup, ambubag. Just what you need to get by, the rest you can scream out for if needed.