Navigation Links
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota becomes first pediatric hospital in U.S. to develop interoperability between infusion pumps and electronic medical records
Date:4/25/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, April 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota announced it has successfully implemented a new automated system which is significantly reducing medication errors by wirelessly transmitting data between patients' infusion pumps and electronic medical records (EMR).

Children's partnered with medical technology company, CareFusion, and EMR provider, Cerner, to create the new wireless system. Now, when a nurse scans barcodes on patients' wristbands, medications, and infusion pumps, this closed-loop medication administration system wirelessly transmits doctors' medication orders from patients' EMRs directly to their smart pump to pre-program infusions. Then, after a patient's nurse reviews and confirms the smart pump programming, medication is delivered intravenously to the patient.

Eliminating the need for calculating medication doses by hand and manually programming the pump removes opportunities for human error. The new system also provides another added safeguard by sending out alerts if it detects a medication error – warning medical practitioners if dosages or medications are inaccurate, being administered too soon or too late, or if the patient's doctor has altered or canceled medications.

"Children are particularly vulnerable to medication errors because dosages must be carefully tailored by weight," said Bobbie Carroll , senior director of patient safety and informatics at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. "The safety of our patients is what comes first. This new system adds an additional safety check to help us achieve that goal, while simultaneously allowing nurses to spend more time at the bedside."

The decision to implement the wireless system hospital-wide came after the recent completion of a successful six-week pilot at Children's pediatric intensive care unit. The pilot showed that over a one-month period, the closed-loop system triggered 234 "potential error alerts" to medical practitioners out of more than 11,000 doses of medication dispensed to patients.

While the vast majority of errors were minor and wouldn't result in harm, "potential errors" ranged from administering the medication more than 30 minutes too early or 30 minutes too late, to an absence of documentation, to the wrong medication. Since the beginning of the pilot, Children's has reduced adverse events by about 70 percent, from a rate of seven errors per 10,000 doses, to two per 10,000 doses.

"There is no other system like it in the country, but we expect it will catch on quickly," said Carroll. "We've already hosted several other hospitals to demonstrate this process and we anticipate it will deeply impact the current standard for intravenous medication administration delivery practices."

The implementation of the new closed-loop technology builds on a 20-year effort by Children's to enhance medication management and improve patient safety and operational efficiency. The new system earned Children's the Process/System Innovation Award from the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety, and the 2013 Way-Paver Award for Institutional Achievement from The TerraPharma Project.

Children's expects the automated technology will be fully implemented throughout both its Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses in 2013.

About Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota:

Serving as Minnesota's children's hospital since 1924, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health care organizations in the United States, with 381 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children's of Minnesota provides care through more than 12,000 inpatient visits and more than 300,000 emergency room and other outpatient clinic visits every year. Children's is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children. Please visit childrensMN.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Healthcares First Direct Contracting Market Launches Today; Will Offer Mutually Beneficial Approach for Hospitals and Suppliers
2. New CDC Study Confirms Effectiveness of UV-C Disinfection in Reducing Harmful Pathogens for Hospitals
3. Frost & Sullivan: Growing Reimbursement Challenges Force Hospitals to Reengineer Revenue Cycle Management
4. ITI Brings Hospitals New Value Model for Wound Care
5. Ten VHA Upper Midwest region hospitals pilot advanced clinical and supply data analysis to improve performance
6. H.I.M. ON CALL Launches Dual Coding Service to Help Hospitals Prepare for ICD-10
7. The 100 Biggest Acute Hospitals in Europe (2nd Edition) Featuring Contact Information, Decision Makers and Key Statistics
8. ROX Medical enrolls first patients in Ireland for CONTROL-HTN hypertension trial at Beaumont and Mater Private Hospitals
9. Nonin Medical Selected as Exclusive Provider of Cerebral/Somatic Oximetry Systems to Leading Pediatric Hospitals in Poland
10. University Hospitals Case Medical Center Presents Study On The Elimination Of Retained Surgical Sponges
11. MEDICOMP Medical Awarded GSA Schedule, Will Supply VA Hospitals
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016 Orthopedic Implants (Including Spinal Implants, ... to Gain a Significant Market Share Owing to a Large ... ... According to a new report by Persistence ... Packaging: Clamshell Product Type Segment Projected to Witness a Significantly ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J. , Dec. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... critical care immunotherapy leader commercializing its European Union approved ... in critically-ill and cardiac surgery patients worldwide, announced that ... present at the 9th Annual LD Micro Main ... 8 th , 2016 at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... NEW YORK , December 2, 2016 ... at 5,251.11, down 1.36%; the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged ... closed at 2,191.08, down 0.35%. Losses were broad based as ... Today, Stock-Callers.com has initiated research reports on the following Services ... N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ), INC Research Holdings Inc. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, at The House of Yahweh ... generation fits into Bible Prophecy. Yisrayl says this generation, known as the Last Generation, ... showing how the details line up exactly with Bible Prophecy – a protected way ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Clarify Health ... has raised $6.0 million in an initial round of funding. The round was ... and their caregivers can receive far better care through the application of the ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Today CloudMine, a secure, ... was named the best Sales Team of 2016 as part of the 2016 ... by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... FL (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... ‘Tis ... are winners of $1,000 each from the National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement ... families who decorated their homes and the 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... , ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... they now offer a comprehensive in-house dental plan for all patients. Understanding that ... a plan that gives patients a number of perks, including discounts on many ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):