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Emergency Department-Lending policy for equipment (2.0)

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2.0

POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
March 1, 2014

 Administrative Manual
 Nursing Manual
 Other _Emergency
Department______________

2.0

Original
Revision

Page 1 of
2

Emergency Department- Lending policy
for Equipment





I. PURPOSE

The Emergency Department (ED) purchases and maintains equipment to care for a diverse patient population.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure the ED has the required equipment available to staff and consulting
services when it is needed to care for ED patients.

II. POLICY

To assure equipment availability at all times, equipment purchased and/ or maintained by the Emergency
Department will not be loaned out to other departments or services.


III. PROCEDURE

A. Requests for equipment by other departments or specialty services
i. Equipment purchased and/ or maintained by the ED will not be loaned out.
1. This includes procedure trays, seizure pads, monitors, CS supplies, cast saw, ring
cutter, etc.
ii. Staff from other services or departments will be stopped by ED staff when gathering
equipment/ supplies for a non-ED patient or the name of the individual will be given to the
Care Team Leader (CTL) or Nurse Manager (NM).

B. Requests for equipment to care for a patient admitted from the ED
i. Equipment will be returned to the ED by the ED staff transferring the patient
1. This includes patient carts, seizure pads, monitors, monitor cables, pulse ox probes,
etc.
2. The admitting department will provide the ED with their temporary pacer and cable if
the patient is being paced when transferred.
a. Once pacing is completed, the temporary pacer and cable will be returned to
correct department.
3. The OR control room will be contacted to return ED equipment to the ED hallway
outside room 1.

C. Requests for equipment in a life threatening emergency
i. Equipment requested during a life threatening emergency will be loaned out.
1. Obtain the name and employee ID # of the requesting individual or photocopy the
requesting individual’s ID badge. Provide this information to the CTL or charge
nurse.
2. The requesting individual will be responsible for returning the equipment or supplies
in working condition.
3. The requesting individual is responsible for replacing all patient charge items.
a. The ED cannot charge a patient for supplies.

POLICY & PROCEDURE





Effective Date:
March 1, 2014

 Administrative Manual
 Nursing Manual
 Other _Emergency
Department______________

2.0

Original
Revision

Page 2 of
2

Emergency Department- Lending policy
for Equipment




4. A copy of this policy will be given to each individual borrowing equipment or
supplies.


D. Equipment borrowed and not returned or replaced or returned in non-working order
i. Replacement costs for equipment not returned within 24 hours will be the responsibility of
the borrowing service or department.
ii. Replacement costs of equipment returned in non-working order will be the responsibility of
the borrowing service or department.

IV. COORDINATION
Reviewed by:
Director, Emergency Services
ED Clinical Operations Committee


V. SIGNED BY

Azita Hamdani, MD
Division Chief
Emergency Medicine


Denise Cole-Ouzounian
Nurse Manager
Emergency Department