New IV System Aids in Preventing Medication Errors

November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

The Minneapolis Children’s Hospital has been utilizing an IV system that sends out alerts to prevent medication errors. The system consists of a bar code reader and a smart pump that warns nurses of wrong patient doses.

The Children’s Hospital incorporated the computerized IV system several months ago. In a month’s time, it sent out 234 alerts regarding medication conflicts. The system is designed to prevent mishaps such as giving strong doses of medication to a patient earlier than necessary or giving the wrong medication to the patient. The machine is also capable of informing the nurses if the doctor changed their order without prior notice.

The hospital was recently recognized by the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety for the use of this technology. The hospital plans to incorporate the use of this system in its St. Paul Campus within the year. Other children’s hospitals around the country have been contacting the facility to learn more about the computerized IV machine system.

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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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