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Interop Impact: A Review of Infusion Pump Alert Trends

The Interop Impact: A Review of Infusion Pump Alert Trends

Smart infusion pumps in health systems across the United States has become a best practice. 

Although challenges to implementation may exist, bidirectional integration of smart infusion pumps with an electronic health record, also known as interoperability, can offer an additional layer of patient safety.  

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Where is Your Limit? Review of Infusion Pump Library Hard Limit Practices

Best practice is to implement upper and lower hard limits when developing a smart infusion pump drug library. Healthcare systems report challenges in determining appropriate hard limits, especially for continuously infused medications, due to wide variability in dosing.

By reviewing trends in programming and network benchmarking data, healthcare systems can implement upper hard dose limits with confidence. 

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Diving Deep: A Review of High Alerting Medications

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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Drug Shortages: Pushing the Library Limits

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.

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