Medications for Children in Crash Carts

Pediatric crash carts, also known as “code carts,” are used for the emergency needs of children aged six and under. The paediatric emergency code cart, like the adult code cart, is held in hospital areas where it is likely to be used immediately, such as locations where children “crash” or where there is a risk that they will lose consciousness and need to be resuscitated. Locations such as emergency departments, intensive care units, delivery rooms, and recovery rooms, as well as those surrounding them. The key distinctions between the paediatric, or infant crash cart, and the adult trash cart will be discussed here. If you are looking for more tips, check out Virginia Beach Emergency Care.


If you’re trying to figure out what kind of emergency carts you need for your trauma centre or hospital, this knowledge will come in handy. You’ll be able to determine whether or not you need a paediatric crash cart and why.
The following are the key distinctions between a paediatric code cart and an adult medical code cart: The form of AED used to resuscitate the child’s pulse, the medications used, and the styles and sizes of incision equipment, tubing, and other life-saving supplies.
For paediatric crash carts, AED devices are available.
Adult and paediatric Automatic Electronic Defibrillators, or AED devices, are available in two sizes. The hearts of children are smaller and beat faster. Since their bodies are smaller, they need smaller defibrillation electrode pads. As a result, a paediatric code cart must be fitted with a paediatric AED system and electrodes of the required size. Since there is no time to turn over the machines and electrode pads in an emergency, it is safer to keep a paediatric AED system on a paediatric code cart at all times.
The drugs in the paediatric crash cart
Not all medications that are appropriate for adults are also appropriate for infants. Some drugs, for example, can be too powerful for the child’s body to tolerate without causing an adverse reaction.
The following medications are included in daily emergency cart contents but are not included on the paediatric crash cart medications list:
• Etomidate • Amiodarone • Magnesium Sulfate • Procainamide • Vasopressin • Verapamil
Tubing and incision devices of various sizes
Scalpels, tubes, and syringes would all be of a smaller scale, ideal for a toddler or young child. Endotracheal tubes are used to reach the inside of a child’s windpipe; tracheotomy tubes are used to create an artificial opening into the windpipe due to trouble breathing; nose tubes or nasal cannula are used to access the inside of a child’s windpipe; air flow metres, laryngoscope equipment, exam gloves are used; and suction devices such as suction catheters are used. Many of these are available in child sizes to suit small bodies better, whether for diagnostic or resuscitation purposes.