Equipment used in homebirth

Authors
Resuscitation Council UK
2011
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This equipment list has been developed by Resuscitation Council UK’s NLS Subcommittee, and is shared for use by those delivering care for homebirths. 

Equipment to be kept on the designated elevated surface area 

All items to be LATEX FREE 

  • Self-inflating bag – 500 ml with 40 cm blow off valve 
  • Round soft silicone masks for the preterm and term baby - (x 2 of each size) 
  • Stethoscope 
  • Laryngoscope handle – with long and short blade (0,00) 
  • Oropharyngeal airways – sizes 0 (6 cm), 00 (5 cm) and 000 (4 cm) 
  • Portable suction equipment – e.g. electrically operated suction machine or double chamber mucous extractors 
  • Paediatric Yankauer suckers – (x 2) 
  • Soft suction catheters sizes 12 or 14 FG 
  • Syringes (5 ml x 2) 
  • Nasogastric tubes – sizes 6 FG, 8 FG, and 10 FG 
  • Elastoplast / hypofix / cotton tape 
  • Spare bulbs, batteries and disposable blades for laryngoscope if necessary 
  • Gloves 
  • Small gauze squares – (x 2 packets) 
  • Changing mat / heated mattress 
  • Hats (x 2) 
  • Towels (x 4) 
  • Good portable light e.g. torch 
  • Sterile packs of cord scissors and umbilical clamp (x 3) 
  • Scissors 
  • Sharps disposal container 
  • Clock / stopwatch 
  • Record keeping charts 
  • Identification bracelets