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2016 GP Practice CPR and Defibrillator Needs Updated

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It’s a while ago now – in fact, getting on for nearly two years – since we last discussed the equipment that the CQC expects the practice to have to cope with medical emergencies and the CQC’s vision of a practice crash trolley. These requirements have been updated, and the Resuscitation Council (UK) has produced a list of equipment it suggests a GP practice should have on premises as a minimum. On top of this, the CQC will also expect other requirements to be observed.

Using automated external defibrillators AEDs

The European Resuscitation Council has produced a set of guidelines that state:

- Standard AEDs may be used on children aged eight and older

- For children between one year and eight years, the ideal is to use paediatric pads with an attenuator or paediatric mode, or, if these are not available, use the unmodified machine and take care that the adult pads to not overlap.

Ensuring employee competence

The CQC recommends that there is a named lead in the practice, whose responsibility is to make sure that:

- Adequate access to advice, training, and practice is provided

- Standards of quality are maintained

- Equipment is checked regularly to ensure it is fit for purpose

As part of a sustainable and comprehensive program of CPD, every employee should be provided with appropriate training. This includes training in adult and child resuscitation, which should be updated regularly. The completion of CPR training should be recorded in the employees’ staff records. The practice should also ensure that every member of staff understands their role in response to a need for resuscitation.

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The equipment needed for CPR support in the GP practice

The following is the list of equipment that the Resuscitation Council (UK) suggests every GP practice maintains:

- Protective equipment - glovesapronseye protection

Pocket mask (adult) with oxygen port. This may be used inverted in infants

- Oxygen cylinder (with key where necessary).

- Oxygen tubing

Automated external defibrillator (AED):

- Preferably with facilities for paediatric use as well as use in adults.

- Type of AED and location determined by a local risk assessment.

- AEDs are not intended for use in infants (less than 12 months old) and this should be considered at risk assessment.

Adhesive defibrillator pads – spare set also recommended

Razor

Stethoscope

Absorbent towel - to dry chest if necessary

We’d recommend that the practice’s CPR lead is made responsible for the maintenance and checking of CPR equipment needs.

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