US-based St. Peter’s Hospital has replaced its intravenous pumps with “smart pumps,” which are designed to reduce the risk of human error involved in medication dosing.
The B-Braun Outlook Safety Infusion Pump system will correct doseage errors made by nurses, such as a misplaced decimal point, by setting limits. Going above or below the limit will prompt the machine to sound an alarm, notifying the nurse of the error and how to fix it.
For quality assurance, the technology features wireless transmitters, which send information in real time from all the 540 pumps to a central database.
Roughly 900 of St. Peter’s nurses have been trained to use the system.