If you are a human being, chances are at some point in your life you have been to the hospital. For most people, those times have been when they were born, and for their occasional check-ups throughout their lifetime. However, for those less fortunate, sometimes a trip to the hospital can be a bit more serious. When a trip to the emergency room is necessary, as a precautionary measure an IV is usually inserted somewhere in the patient’s arm. This is done so that fluids or medication may be administered quickly if necessary.
When it comes to administering medicine or even fluid through an IV, proper dosage is extremely important. In some cases, patients have even received the wrong medicine. This in part is due to the fact that administering medicine intravenously is not as easy as just pouring medicine down a tube. It requires careful calculation of the rate of infusion and the desired infusion rate all of which is normally done manually. And since many different medications are often administered during a patient’s stay, the margin for error can be vast. At least, that was the case before the introduction of the smart IV pump.
With IV smart pumps, the margin of human error is reduced exponentially. Since these pumps have a built-in drug library, the user simply chooses the drug from an approved list. After which, the patient’s information is entered and the smart pump calculates the infusion rate. This can help eliminate dosage errors and therefore patient fatalities.
Since its introduction, over a decade ago, many organizations have begun implementing the use of computerized intelligent infusion pumps aka smart pumps And nurses, who are usually the ones administering the medication, are the largest users of these health information technology devices. Not only does the system calculate the amount of medicine that is to be administered, but it will also alert the practitioner of any error. This will greatly eliminate administering wrong medication as well as provide information about the drug. Just this little tidbit of information alone enables the health care professional to reassess the patient, further eliminating any potential errors.
If you have ever had a loved one admitted into a hospital, then you know how devastating that can be. And while healthcare professionals work very hard to ensure the best care possible, mistakes do sometimes happen. Of course, smart IV’s cannot alleviate all of your concerns, however, having that second opinion, so to speak, can reduce your amount of worry drastically. You may have many worries while a loved one is in the hospital, however, with smart IV technology, improper medication no longer has to be one of them.
As technology advances, many institutions, mainly Healthcare, are becoming smarter, innovative, and efficient. And we are all, patients as well as healthcare professionals, better for it. Obviously, we cannot solely depend on technology alone. but it is extremely reassuring to have additional safety measures in place. As the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” With so many wrongful death suits, when it comes to hospitals, it is better to be smart than to be sorry.