The important answer is yes! There is a list that covers much of the
equipment that should be in "all" EDs. It is available from the AAP and
ACEP and is available on their web pages. This list is not
all-inclusive however and undergoing revision.
The IOM report was very misleading in this area. It essentially looked
at a study that did a binary decision of stocked or not stocked based on
a non-validated list of what must be in every ED. Therefore, if an ED
decided that they did not want to stock one single size of something
(which could be reasonable) or was missing one item on the list then
they were essentially counted as not having appropriate stock. This
misrepresents the numbers but the point is still valid: All EDs should
have appropriate equipment to see our smallest visitors at all times.
The available list can be used as a "suggested list," but other items
many EDs should/would likely choose to have on hand are not on it.
My 2 cents,
Randy Cordle M.D.
Medical Director: Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Carolinas Medical Center
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