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Where to KEEP crash carts

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by rn5350 rn5350 (New Member) New Member

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Hi guys,

I was wondering where you all KEEP you crash carts? My Boss had un lock it in a closet under lock and metal key we have to get from a nurses station to open the door and get the crash cart out. Is this kosher or not? Is this ok or is it breaking some kind of regulation?? When I came in and found that, I pulled it out back into the hall way in front of my nurses station. Suggestions??:jester:

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loriangel14 works as a hospital floor nurse..

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Having to go get a key to unlock the crash cart doesn't sound very safe.Ours is beside the nursing station.

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It should be somewhere immediately accessible. Most, these days, have some sort of plastic breakaway lock on them but most places have taken narcs/benzos off the carts so they aren't broken into/stolen from anymore.

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mmm cdiff works as a Nursing assistant.

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Ours is right in the middle of the unit, covered by a sheet. No lock. Wastes time.

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K+MgSO4 has 12 years experience as a BSN and works as a nurse unit manager.

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We share ours with our neighbouring ward so right in the middle of the coridoor. Drugs in a pack on each ward at the nurses station but defib we share. Just have to unplug and run!

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JCAHO isn't going to like that you have to unlock anything to get to your crash cart. Near a nurses' station is better, especially if there are drugs stored in it. If your meds come from pharmacy with the code team, or are stored in your Pyxis/McKesson/whatever you call it, then you could probably keep it in a corridor somewhere.

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LifelongDream works as a Pediatrics, Nursing Educator.

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Our narcs are brought by code team from ER. Crash cart is in hallway next to nurses station.

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Sun0408 has 4 years experience and works as a RN.

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Ours is in front of the nurse's station. It has breakaway locks with the meds already in them. Unplug and run is all we have to do when a code is called on our floor.

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schack works as a OB.

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We keep one in the nursery and one in our nurses station. Both have plastic break-away locks. I wouldn't want to have to unlock my crash cart....

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