4 Recommendations for Safe IV Infusions

ECRI Institute patient safety organization has recommended four strategies (pdf) to safely administer medication through intravenous infusions.

Here are the four recommendations:


1. Purchase safer infusion pumps with dose error reduction systems to reduce infusion errors caused by misprogramming.

2. Standardize infusion pumps available in the organization to enhance user familiarity with a pump's operation.

3. Limit the number of concentrations available for each infusion solution.

4. Require pharmacy preparation of IV solutions, and limit nurse preparation of IV solutions to emergency situations, such as those in the emergency department and critical care unit.

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