Increasing medication expert engagement to safeguard patients
Today, pharmacists carefully formulate medications but often feel removed from the medication administration process once drugs leave the department’s door. They rely on drug library tools that are functionally limited, and drug library management software updates that require interaction with each IV infusion device. As the hospital’s medication experts, having insight, reinforcing compliance, and staying involved in the end-to-end infusion process is critical.
Rethinking Infusion Delivery
The Ivenix Infusion System brings pharmacy expertise to the entire infusion delivery process – from complex drug library development and maintenance, visibility into real-time compliance, patient and infusion details, and data to help manage the cost associated with medication delivery.
- Increase efficiency and optimize drug library through enterprise-wide deployment, updates, and online collaboration tools
- Detect same drug and incompatible drug administration errors before they occur through cross-pump drug verification alerts
- Elevate cross team collaboration and patient surveillance through real-time, remote view of drug library compliance
- Adhere to recommended drug specific administration accuracy, independent of environmental conditions that may affect infusion delivery
We want to eliminate user error as much as possible with the LVPs… our hospital also has a nurse shortage, so anything that can help compensate with improved workflow efficiencies is very attractive
Director of Acute Care Pharmacy, Academic Medical Center
Did You Know?
- IV infusion is associated with 54% of all adverse drug events, 56% of medication errors, and 61% of serious and life-threatening errors.1 Averting highest-risk errors is first priority.2
- ECRI Institute publishes an annual report of Top Technology Hazards for healthcare organizations to consider in their safety efforts. The 2014 report ranks Infusion Pump Medication Errors number 2 out of the Top 10 Technology Hazards, citing a number of pump-related medication errors that may not be addressed with the use of smart pump drug libraries alone.3
- The Joint Commission issued a National Patient Safety Goal in 2014 on clinical alarm safety for hospitals and critical access hospitals. As of January 1, 2016, hospitals are required to establish policies and procedures for managing alarms, including monitoring and responding to alarm signals.14
- Infusion pumps as a group make up the largest number of mobile medical devices in the hospital and contribute much of the noise.15
- Infusion devices are the subject of more adverse incident reports to the FDA than any other medical technology. Between 2005 and 2009, the FDA received more than 56,000 reports of adverse events associated with the use of infusion pumps.20
- The FDA issued new guidance for infusion pumps in December 2014, “intended to improve the quality of infusion pumps in order to reduce the number of recalls and adverse events associated with their use.”21