Why do I need an equipment checklist?
To be in compliance with AAP/NRP guidelines, you should be prepared to resuscitate a newborn at every birth. All supplies and equipment necessary for a complete resuscitation must be readily available. The checklist should be reviewed and equipment checked before every birth.
The Neonatal Resuscitation Supplies and Equipment List is a comprehensive inventory of the supplies and equipment that should be available within the resuscitation area (NRP 7th edition, page 21). In order for you to prove you have followed the NRP guidelines and are prepared, then every chart should have a checklist that shows you have checked your equipment before every birth. It needs to be signed and dated with the client name at the top. You should add whatever you carry to this list.