Ninety Percent Of All Inpatients At Risk For Infusion Pump Mistakes

August 19, 2016

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) conducted a webinar on process improvements implemented by hospital managers from Maryland and Indiana to achieve 95-100 percent compliance with stricter industry infusion pump safety standards. The presentation was streamed to 93 sites across the America.

Ninety Percent Of All Inpatients At Risk For Infusion Pump Mistakes

According to Marilyn Neder Flack, Senior Vice President of Patient Safety Initiatives and Executive Director of the AAMI Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration received approximately 56,000 reports of unfavorable incidents associated with the use of infusion pumps from 2005 to 2009. The Institute of Medicine has estimated that a total yearly cost of $29 billion each year, with a majority due to medical errors like faulty drug events.

To improve infusion pump safety, the FDA announced the implementation of extensive initiatives that will focus on addressing software problems, expanding the use of interfaces to reduce dosing errors, data collection and improvement in mechanical and electrical reliability.

Western Maryland Health System (WMHS) in Cumberland quickly achieved up to 93 percent smart infusion pump compliance in six weeks and eventually 100 percent compliance through infusion safety initiative, leadership, and clinical support, according to Chrissy Ruhl, BSN, Director of Critical Care Services at WMHS.

In Angola, Indiana, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital’s (CMCH) Director of Pharmacy and Materials Management, Andy Aldred, talked about the steps involved in the expansion of their medication library database which sets minimum and maximum dose levels and alerts in their smart pumps. The CMCH turned to REMEDI Central, a free benchmarking tool developed by Purdue University to compare CMCH to other facilities. According to Aldred, the process improvements helped CMCH increase their compliance by up to 95 percent.

According to Ruhl and Aldred, to maintain high infusion pump safety compliance, hospitals must be vigilant about providing ongoing education, conducting real time compliance audits, benchmarking, and listening and giving feedback to bedside caregivers.

AAMI’s next seminar on infusion pump safety is scheduled for August 26 and will cover continuous electronic monitoring of patients on opioid pain medications. AIV Inc. fully supports the healthcare community and is dedicated to providing clinicians with top-of-the-line infusion pump solutions and services. Browse through our range of IV pump parts, accessories, and repair services today by visiting

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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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