Healthcare systems continuously strive to reduce interruptions at the bedside, including infusion pump alerts. Accrediting organizations recommend reviewing and optimizing infusion pump practices to prevent patient harm and mitigate risk. By identifying the highest alerting medications, healthcare systems can make meaningful changes to their infusion pump drug libraries to improve patient safety.
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Sean O'Neill, PharmD
Drug shortages continue to plague health systems across the United States. Various mitigation strategies are often used to ensure appropriate therapies are available to patients. Sometimes, however, mitigation strategies may have unintended outcomes when administration techniques vary from standard practice.
According to The Joint Commission, smart infusion pumps provide useful ongoing data for analysis to improve safety performance; however, many organizations struggle to access and analyze this data for quality improvement.