Intravenous news: FoxBusiness.com report “Lancaster General Health in Lancaster, Pa., today released data quantifying the benefits of auto programming and interoperability of infusion pumps, bar-code medication administration (BCMA) and electronic health record (EHR) systems.
In partnership with Hospira, Inc., and Cerner, Lancaster implemented a fully auto-programmed smart infusion system at the patient bedside. With 56 percent of medication errors in healthcare due to improperly intravenously (I.V.) administered medications and, of those errors, 61 percent leading to serious or life-threatening consequences, the use of auto-programmed smart infusion pumps has been viewed as a tool that could help reduce numerous medication administration errors and improve patient safety. In recognition of Lancaster’s success with auto programming, the hospital received the Best Practices Award In Health-System Pharmacy yesterday at the 2009 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition.”
Click here for the full story.