Intravenous literature: Agius, C.R. (2012) Intelligent Infusion Technologies: Integration of a Smart System to Enhance Patient Care. Journal of Infusion Nursing. 35(6), p.364â€“368.
Medication errors, particularly intravenous therapy-related errors, still continue to occur, despite implementing newer technologies such as â€œsmart pumpsâ€ to help avoid causing harm to patients. The Institute of Medicine report To Err Is Human, published in 1999, brought the problem of medication safety into the spotlight with a focus on improving the drug delivery systems of parenteral medications. The objective is to use this knowledge to help reduce errors, thereby promoting the best possible result for patientsâ€”no harm. Achieving this goal is not out of our reach, and with the execution of various point-of-care medication delivery systems, we are on the way to a safer practice.
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