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Smart infusion pump technology
Don’t bypass the safety catches

Computerized prescriber order-entry and bar-code applications for drug dispensing and administration are capable of reducing medication errors. Yet, even if these technologies are fully implemented, serious medication errors remain possible, especially errors associated with the administration and titration of intravenous (IV) high-alert medications such as dopamine, heparin, and insulin. Even if the right drug and dosing information are at hand, a mis-programmed infusion pump can leave a patient only a button press away from harm.

One study showed that the most common reason for the administration of wrong doses of intravenous medication was an error in programming IV infusion pumps (41%), and this step in the medication-use process was associated with the highest impact.

 

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