IV pumps in home care

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Intravenous news: In a report published today, the Netherlands Health Care Inspectorate writes there is inadequate collaboration between professionals involved in the use of IV pumps in home care.

The inspectorate argues that the lack of collaboration between doctors, nurses, home care organisations and suppliers of medical equipment can lead to dangerous situations in which patients receive too little or too much medication.

In the past two years, 26 people died in hospital as the result of incorrect use of intravenous drips; there are no figures available about the number of deaths in home care.

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