21 Thursday - Maximizing Syringe Pump Safety, Minimizing Risk - Debbi Child

By Debbi Child

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Presentation from the 2018 REMEDI Infusion Pump Collaborative Annual Conference held April 18 - 20, 2018 at the Big Ten Conference Center in Rosemont, IL.

Medication administration techniques and the utilization of smart pumps have been effectively adapted for the unique requirements of anesthesia and procedural care but may present opportunities for improvement. In this presentation, current anesthesia infusion therapy practices will be discussed along with suggestions for a future state that continues to drive improvements in patient safety and procedural outcomes.

Syringe infusion pumps are frequently used in pediatric environments to accurately infuse medications and fluids.  Recent notification by the FDA overviews potential issues that affect flow continuity when  infusing at rates less than 5mL per hour.  ( https://wayback.archive-it.org/7993/20171102225331/https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm518049.htm)  During this session we will review tips for syringe infusion pump use that can help achieve consistent flow.