Genesis HealthCare System, Zainesville, OH, has implemented smart pump technologies to help reduce medication errors during the administration of IV medications.
"Implementing the new IV system falls in line with Genesis' strategic focus on improving the quality of care and patient safety," said Pat Campbell, MA, RN, chief nursing officer at Genesis. "We are also focused on advancing our healthcare system with new technologies designed to deliver a better customer experience for our patients. This new IV system is another step we have taken to assure our patients will receive the highest quality, compassionate care possible."
As nurses enter dosage and infusion rate information into the IV system, software accesses the drug library and compares the order against a preset standard for minimum and maximum doses. Anything above or below the limits will result in an alert.
"Each IV unit has a computer that uses [software] and profiles to block incorrect dosages of medications," said Pete Hamilton, MS, RPh, director of pharmacy/pharmacy research at Genesis. "For example, the intermediate care nursery has a profile in the IV system that allows the pump to only give very small doses of medications, while the critical care unit has a different profile based on the needs and acuity of its patients. It's another way for us to ensure our patients are receiving the correct medications at the correct dosages."