At the beginning of first shift (or some quiet period of the evening/night), when no patients are in the vicinity, test the cardiac arrest alarm bells. Every patient area has oxygen and suction, both of which must be tested. Routine equipment such as blood pressure cuffs, plasters, dressings, etc. must be checked for adequate supplies. The recovery room has its own resuscitation trolley. A check must be made for the presence of all the requirements for intubation: drugs, IVs, bottles, needles, tape, etc. This equipment is functionally checked the same as in an anaesthetic room.
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