Equipment used in homebirth

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Minimum equipment for newborn resuscitation and the support of transition of infants at birth in the pre-hospital setting

This equipment list, developed for Resuscitation Council UK Newborn Life Support Subcommittee by the
Pre-Hospital Newborn Life Support working group, represents a minimum recommended standard for
those delivering care for planned or emergency births in the out-of-hospital setting.

All items should be LATEX FREE.

  • Towels x 4
  • Hat (small and large) x 2
  • TransWarmer © (or similar)
  • Clear plastic bag.
  • Portable suction equipment – battery operated with adjustable pressure (manual acceptable)
  • Paediatric Yankeur catheter x 2
  • i-gel/LMA size 1
  • Laryngoscope with size 1 blade
  • Sachet of lubricant gel
  • 5 mL syringe (if inflatable cuffed LMA carried).
  • Self-inflating paediatric resuscitation bag (approximately 500 mL volume)
  • Face masks for positive pressure ventilation – appropriate to all gestations (e.g. Size 00, 0 and 1)
  • Paediatric nasal cannula.
  • Cord clamps x 3
  • Sharp scissors/umbilical cord scissors
  • Gauze
  • Clinical waste bag x 2
  • Stethoscope
  • Gloves
  • Patient ID bracelet x 2
  • Axilla thermometer
  • Copy of the NLS algorithm
  • Oxygen cylinder and saturation monitor with an appropriate probe.