I.V. ROUNDS: Using an infusion pump safely

October 2006 
Volume 36  Number 10
Pages 24 - 24
  PDF Version Available!



Barbara Jacobs is director of critical care at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She served as her facility's Value Analysis Committee co-chair during selection and implementation of the safety infusion system.

MANUAL PROGRAMMING errors cause two out of three infusion pump–related deaths in hospitals each year. In this article, I'll describe the safety measures my facility implemented to keep a missed key or missed decimal from having dramatic consequences. Our safety requirements included:

* On-board drug library per care area and standardized drug concentrations. The sophisticated new infusion systems (smart pumps) contain advanced drug libraries that let a facility list medications in department-specific categories, establish standardized concentrations for these medications, and set minimum and maximum dosing parameters for each medication.For example, when you program the pump for a particular therapy, you select the medication and ...

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

Featured Jobs

Benefits of Membership

FREE E-Newsletters
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues

Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Register Now

Lippincott's NursingCenter.com
Explore a world of online resources

Become a Member