This section provides a list of likely supplies and equipment that could be needed to operate a TMTS. It is meant as an example to provide assistance in assembling needed items. This list is not a complete shopping list. The true driver of supplies and equipment needs will depend on the type of incident, patient needs, and the availability of resources.  The accompanying CD provides this list in an EXCEL format for utilization during an event. This allows for making additions and deletions as needed.

Obtaining supplies and equipment will require a labor pool that can focus strictly on this aspect. A loading dock and assistive devices such as hand trucks and dollies will be necessary. Organizing the items will be challenging and is best done by category i.e.: IV supplies. Distribution can be managed by setting up a central supply process and developing a tracking system. Actual determination of quantities will depend on the situation. All supplies may not be immediately available, so improvising with what is on hand will be extremely important.

Items specific to pediatric patients were obtained in consultation with the Illinois EMSC and from an article (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009) that speaks specifically to guidelines for children in the ED. The full article citation can be found in the Links section.

Pharmaceuticals and controlled substances need to be closely tracked in a secure area. Written orders should be required for all medication. The standard of “right patient, right medication, right dose” must be ensured.

Specific items and quantity will be scenario dependent. These are general all-hazards listing. Medical personnel should be consulted for specifications. Specialized equipment will be dependent on skill set of health care providers on site (i.e.: ventilators).  These sheets are in Excel format so they can be used as a checklist and so additional items can easily be added.


Sample Pharmaceutical Cache(.xls)

Includes Pharmaceuticals used for:

  • Chronic diseases.
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory illness (COPD / Asthma)
  • Common infections (skin / urinary / eye / lung)
  • HIV medications
  • Stable Coronary Artery Disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Tetanus vaccines
  • Common mental health conditions

Sample Medical Supply and Equipment List(.xls)

This includes Medical Supplies for:

  • Chronic diseases
  • Wound care
  • Urinary Catheters / ostomy/ pressure ulcer supplies.
  • Oxygen delivery devices / tanks (need Oxygen filling station)
  • Personal protective devices (PPD)
  • Walkers / Canes / Baby cribs / Examination tables

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