Smart infusion pumps

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New smart drug pumps at Rice Memorial Hospital have been alerting nurses to errors a dose of Dilaudid, a painkiller, that was accidentally programmed for 2 milligrams per hour instead of 0.2 milligrams, for instance so that the error can be fixed before it reaches the patient.

Carnie Allex, director of pharmacy at the hospital, knows this because its one of the things being tracked in Rice Hospitals efforts to improve patient safety.

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