Innovations in Practice: Secondary Infusions – A Common Source of Missed or Under Delivery
ANA Massachusetts Spring Conference, April 2018
Infusion pumps are ubiquitous throughout the hospital, and the majority of admitted patients receive an infusion during their stay. Secondary infusion delivery by large volume infusion pumps (LVPs) are the third most common source of errors (12.8%).
There is an increased focus on medication error reduction and reduced costs with improved outcomes. It is assumed that infusion pumps deliver fluids and medications accurately with “Smart” pump innovation. What if they don’t? The purpose is to examine trends of use errors with secondary delivery and what innovations have occurred in the last 10-15 years.