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Safety Check Nursing Mnemonic

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  • M-Monitors/Machines
  • A-Alarms
  • D-Drips
  • L-Lines
  • E-Emergency Equipment


These things should be checked during a safety check at the beginning of a shift to ensure you are set up for success and good patient outcomes. Are monitors and machines (pumps, vents) working correctly? Are your alarms set appropriately so you will be notified if something is wrong? Are your drips correct, including non-expired tubing and bags? Are your lines patent, or do they need new dressings or to be replaced? And do you have emergency equipment at bedside (O2, suction, ambu, etc)?