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Alison Bloomquist: A Simple Solution to Improve Syringe Pump Safety

October 21, 2015

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Thank you to AAMI for dedicating the fall 2015 issue of Horizons to infusion system safety. The issue is full of insightful and impactful articles sharing best practices that are useful to clinicians, biomedical technicians, informaticists, and medical device vendors. As a pharmacist with a medical device company, I collaborate with infusion pump users on […]

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Tim Vanderveen: Imagine the Possibilities

September 2, 2015

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I think it is safe to say that greater than 95% of infusion pumps are not associated with the patient for whom the drugs and fluids are being infused. With the exception of a small but growing number of hospitals that have pump and information technology (IT) integration—and a few more where the nurses key […]

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Matthew B. Weinger: Why Are Our Infusion Pumps Not Smarter or Safer?

January 28, 2015

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Houston, we (still) have a problem. Every surgical patient and nearly every hospitalized patient receives medications as well as fluids via the intravenous (IV) route. Infusions are prone to error. For example, in a 2005 study of hospitalized Australian patients receiving continuous IV infusions, there was an 18% incidence of error. I have been practicing […]

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Dan Pettus: Blurred Lines in Healthcare Technology

January 8, 2014

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Disruptive opportunities to make things better often occur as the direct result of an unintended convergence between breakthrough technologies and their more incremental counterparts. Infusion pump interoperability with electronic medical record (EMR) systems is an example of a disruptive opportunity. Infusion pumps, for the most part, are islands of technology. Medication administration is a matter […]

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Tim Vanderveen: Moving the Ball Forward with Infusion Pump Safety

January 7, 2014

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After more than 30 years of infusion pump use with no safety system involving the actual programming (i.e., any infusion rate between 0.1 and 999 was OK), the development and use of dose error reduction software (DERS) was a huge step forward. Creating limits around programming of rates and doses that are specific to individual drugs and […]

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Mary Logan: Making Infusion Pumps More User Centric

January 17, 2013

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If the January issue of AAMI News didn’t whet your appetite to learn more about an important infusion pump project at Johns Hopkins, I hope this blog post will. A report –37 pages of text, plus appendices — captures the input provided by clinicians and other experts to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab (JHAPL) […]

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Pat Baird: Solutions in Our Midst

October 17, 2012

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In the wake of the AAMI/FDA Interoperability Summit, it hit me how similar the problems of interoperability are to the problems of alarm fatigue and infusion systems safety — the subject of two other AAMI/FDA summits that I attended. Initially I was surprised to think that such divergent issues had similar causes and will have […]

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Erin Sparnon: Takeaways From the Interoperability Summit

October 11, 2012

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At last week’s AAMI/FDA interoperability summit in Herndon, VA, I had a first-row view of the evolving issues and concerns swirling around medical device integration. The integration of medical devices with health IT systems has many potential benefits and is starting to see increased adoption. However, as this adoption grows, one major theme of the summit was the difficulty […]

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James Rudolph: Understanding the Infusion Pump Crisis

April 10, 2012

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The use of smart infusion pumps has become ubiquitous in many U.S. and international clinical settings due to the tremendous patient benefits these devices offer. However, these benefits do not eliminate use-related risks. Improper use of and/or malfunctioning smart infusion pumps can cause serious adverse health effects and even death. The dichotomy is clear, but […]

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Mary Logan: Welcome to the New AAMIBlog!

February 28, 2012

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I always learn something from listening to other people’s insights and occasionally have a few of my own to share, so I’m excited we are creating this new venue for starting—or continuing—conversations, sharing, and learning. If you have or need tips, lessons learned, illuminating case studies, questions, or insights about any of the topic areas […]

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