Lillian Kuczka, nurse who helped create the crash cart, dies at 91

Leo Vartorella - Print  | 

Buffalo, N.Y. nurse Lillian Kucza, who helped invent the precursor to the crash cart, has died at the age of 91, according to The Buffalo News.

While working as a nurse at what is now called Erie County Medical Center, Ms. Kucza, who eventually rose to become head nurse of the hospital's ICU, teamed with ED supervisor Anita Dorr in 1968 to design a cart equipped with life-saving supplies. They called the wooden cart the Emergency Nursing Crisis Cart. It would go on to become the modern day crash cart.

Ms. Kucza was also instrumental in establishing the John R. Border MD Trauma Intensive Care Unit at ECMC. She left the hospital in 1981 to work as a nurse at Buffalo General Hospital before retiring in 1992. She is survived by her son, Mark.

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