Advancing Safety with Smart Pumps
April 2017 - Vol. 14 No. 4 - Page #14

The ongoing evolution of IV pumps is quite intriguing. Initially, IV pumps were basic devices, focused solely on infusing medications at their programmed rate. There was limited, if any, intelligence built into these devices. Over time, IV pumps have evolved to include advanced drug libraries with the ability to set a variety of infusion rate limits. The drug libraries and associated safety features in the software deliver built-in intelligence, hence the term, smart pumps. It is imperative that pharmacy systematically leverages the advanced safety features available in IV pumps to incorporate the full value of this technology.

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