So what all do you have on bed that is set up for an admission? If you are called to go to a high risk delivery do you open supplies prior to the baby being in the NICU? In our unit it is up to the RN who is responsible for checking the emergency equipment and code cart. But some will set up a bed including having 2 of each size ET tubes from 2.0 to 4.0, BP cuffs from size 1 - 4, blood culture bottles, and syringes on the back of the bed. Well, if this isn't removed prior to a baby being put in the bed, it is considered contaminated/ or 'belonging to that patient'! My feeling is that we ALWAYS know if we are going back to a micropreemie vs. term baby and you should be able to at least estimate an approximate weight. (Shouldn't need a size 2.0 ET tube for a term baby)
So, what goes on your bed? By the way, we have a very small unit--- any of the things that I mentioned should be stocked within a 15 foot distance from ANY of our usual admission beds.