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Equipment lists for ambulances outlined in joint position statement

May 19, 2021

The AAP and five other medical societies have issued a position statement updating the list of essential life support equipment needed in ground ambulances.

Updated from 2014, the statement shows the minimum items needed for basic life support and advanced life support for pediatric and adult patients. Equipment should always be appropriate for the size and age of the patients, the statement stipulates.

The position statement, Recommended Essential Equipment for Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Ground Ambulances 2020: A Joint Position Statement, is available at and will be published in the June issue of Pediatrics. It was posted online April 9 in Prehospital Emergency Care from the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP),

In addition to NAEMSP, the other authoring organizations are the National Association of EMS Physicians, American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center, Emergency Nurses Association and National Association of State EMS Officials.

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