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B. Braun Directors Participate at First ISMP National Smart Pump Safety Summit

Shawn O'Connell Discusses Implementation Issues and Recommendations

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Shawn O'Connell, MS, RN, Director of Clinical Value Marketing, Infusion Systems Division and Helen Chang, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, Clinical Services for B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun), a global leader in infusion therapy products and services, recently represented B. Braun at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) National Smart Pump Summit.

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"Our goal for the Summit was to identify ways to prevent medication errors at the point of care for this particular technology," says Michael Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, FASHP, President of ISMP. "This effort has brought together technology vendors such as B. Braun, clinicians and safety experts to develop recommendations for reducing risk and ensuring successful implementation of smart pumps."

In forums at the Summit, O'Connell described issues clinicians can face implementing "smart pump" infusion therapy and solutions.

"Smart pumps need to be designed in a way that makes them simple for clinicians to use," says O'Connell. "By making the pumps easy to use, manufacturers can help ensure that clinicians will use the safety features properly. Our goal at B. Braun is to make our pumps as safe and easy to use as possible to increase clinician compliance and reduce the chance of medication errors."

O'Connell also participated on ISMP's Smart Pump Forum Steering Committee, which has focused on identifying issues related to optimizing the use of smart pumps, including the development of drug libraries, implementation challenges, and the collection and analysis of smart pump data to drive IV medication safety improvements.

"B. Braun supports ISMP's commitment to medication error reduction," says O'Connell. "ISMP's mission to advance patient safety worldwide aligns with B. Braun's focus on sharing expertise through increasing safety measures for both patients and healthcare professionals. I am honored to support ISMP's initiatives in the area of smart pump safety and look forward to making a continuing contribution to ISMP's smart pump initiative and the industry as part of our company's 'Sharing Expertise' philosophy."

B. Braun earned its leadership position in the infusion therapy industry with more than a century of commitment to superior technology, product quality, patient and clinician safety, environmental responsibility and cost-effectiveness.

About B. Braun Smart Pump Technology

B. Braun's Outlook(R) Safety Infusion System features DoseTrac(TM) Infusion Management Software to monitor infusion trends in real-time and retrospectively, two-way wireless, an extensive drug library and bar-coding that virtually eliminates the margin for human error.

The Outlook(R) Safety Infusion System suite of products and services recently achieved "Best in KLAS" for Smart Pump Technology in KLAS's 2008 Top 20: Best in KLAS Awards for Medical Equipment Report. Recognized as a category leader for two years in a row, and most recently ranked "Best in KLAS" for Smart Pumps in the 2008 Mid-Year Report, B. Braun continued to improve its position on the customer feedback-based ranking. Further, B. Braun was honored with the 2007 Frost & Sullivan Medical Technology Global Excellence Award, recognizing the company as a leader in product development and strategic initiatives across a broad range of healthcare product categories.

About B. Braun

B. Braun is a global leader in infusion therapy and pain management and a pioneer in passive safety devices and PVC-/DEHP-free products. Every day, B. Braun employees worldwide share their knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in hospitals and medical practices and to enhance safety for patients, doctors and nurses.

Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for its medical technology and support services, B. Braun promotes best practices for continuous improvement of healthcare and, guided by its "Sharing Expertise" philosophy, helps today's healthcare workers address critical issues including environmental responsibility, medication errors reduction and infection prevention. For more information, call 800-227-2862, e-mail us at or visit B. Braun at

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