Infusion Pump Vendors Incorporate Intelligent System Design

March 26, 2013

March 26, 2013

Infusion systems are used on roughly 90% of patients admitted for hospital treatment. The problem that the medical industry is facing when it comes to intravenous infusion is there are negative events associated with it. 

Based on the data provided at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), intravenous infusion is related to 54% of potential adverse drug events, 56% of medication errors and 61% of life-threatening errors.

The 2010 AAMI/FDA Infusion Device Summit paved way to open up the issue of implementing higher standard of patient safety. These issues were addressed by infusion pump vendors by incorporating safety measures in their product design and development.

During the summit, a report was presented which outlines the following themes:

1. Standardize systems and processes for reporting, aggregating, and analyzing infusion device incidents;
2. Improve the integration of infusion devices with information systems and drug libraries;
3. Mitigate use errors with infusion devices;
4. Improve management of multiple infusions; and
5. Reconcile challenges and differences in the use environments of infusion devices.

B. Braun was one of the several infusion pump manufacturers who participated at the Infusion Summit. They have created groups responsible for coming up with solutions that are in line with the themes presented. One example would be B. Braun’s Alarm subgroups which is capable of reducing alarm fatigue.

"We certainly want to be involved in doing what we can to mitigate any user errors, and we really have to do that from the perspective of human factors," said Eric Melanson, B.Braun’s Infusion Systems Marketing Director.

CareFusion also worked on improving patient safety by incorporating safety features on their infusions pumps. For example, CareFusion employs a barcode technology which ensures that the right medication is delivered to the right patient. They also have respiratory monitoring measures that can turn off an infusion when certain situations arises.

"We have been a leader in creating interoperability solutions with other health IT systems, including EHR applications, ADT (admission, discharge transfer) systems, financial systems, asset management systems and our own surveillance and dashboard applications. Our infusion systems are designed to help mitigate user error and we continue to work on the issues associated with the management of multiple infusions” said Tim Vanderveen, CareFusion Center for Safety and Clinical Excellence Vice President.

Improved infusion pump safety will lead to more effective patient care and reduced medication errors. To achieve these goals, it is essential to use infusion pump systems that are properly-serviced and in good working condition. AIV offers parts and services for most leading infusion pump brands including B.Braun and CareFusion. Browse through AIV’s replacement parts and repair services at

About the Author

Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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