|Baxter Introduces Comprehensive Guide for Building a Smart Infusion System Drug Library|
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Drug libraries help clinicians identify potential infusion errors before they harm patients by checking the pump’s programming against a curated list of medications and fluids and their medically appropriate dose ranges. If programming exceeds drug library limits, smart pumps will alert clinicians.
“A carefully built drug library is critical for the safe and effective
use of any smart infusion system. This publication guides comprehensive
drug library development and integration with an electronic health
record, and is designed to advance infusion safety in all hospitals
regardless of infusion system,” said guide lead author,
Baxter incorporated input from ISMP into a tool intended to be used by the many diverse stakeholders within a hospital, including the pharmacy team, nursing staff, prescribers and IT representatives, all of whom serve crucial roles on building and maintaining the drug library.
Baxter developed the guide based on real-world experience helping to build drug libraries for thousands of healthcare facilities that use the Sigma Spectrum Infusion System, which has resulted in hospitals achieving an average 97 percent drug library compliance rate within the first month of implementation.
About Sigma Spectrum Infusion System
Sigma Spectrum’s hardware works in concert with the pump’s
software to encourage use of innovative features that are designed to
help enhance patient safety and clinician efficiency. For example, the
pumps automatically default to the installed drug library without
requiring clinicians to take extra steps to “opt-in,” and drug library
updates can be delivered wirelessly to pumps in the facility without
interrupting clinical workflow. Sigma Spectrum is the only pump
to include a built-in Dose/Rate Change Error Prevention Feature, which
helps clinicians protect high-risk infusions during titrations, and
allows pharmacists to customize dose change limits for individual drugs.
Sigma Spectrum also includes features like integration with
electronic health record (EHR) systems—including
Rx Only. For the safe and proper use of this device, refer to the appropriate operator’s manuals.
Baxter provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; biosurgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to advance the next generation of healthcare innovations that enable patient care.
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