Using Smart Pumps to Reduce Medication Errors in the NICU


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Infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) are considered one of the most vulnerable patient populations, and medication errors in this population can result in devastating, life-threatening consequences. The use of “smart pump” technology has the potential to minimize risk of error by providing safety measures before medication administration. Successful integration of smart pumps requires a clear communication plan to facilitate staff education and acceptance of advanced technology systems. Unit adoption of smart pumps can enhance patient safety while supporting the implementation of evidenced-based practices in nursing care. DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-486X.2012.01721.x