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IV Infusion Pumps

IV Infusion Pumps are used to deliver medication and fluids to patients in every area of the hospital.  Nearly 90% of all patients requiring admission will need some form of intravenous treatment during their stay. These critical pumps ensure that patients receive the right medication, in the right dosage, at the right frequency for the right length of time.

GBGH currently has 55 pumps, which are all more than 10 years old and at the end of their useful life.  The pumps require manual software updates and lack key information (drug libraries), sending nurses to find the information in a printed resource. They require service often, and occasionally aren’t available when needed as there are not enough to service the entire hospital.

New IV Infusion Pumps available today have several revolutionary features to enhance patient safety and efficiency for nurses, allowing more time for direct patient care.

  • Drug Library: Each pump contains detailed information about all of the medication and fluids prescribed at the hospital. This saves nurses from referring to printed manuals for key information, and ensures that the most accurate information is always available therefore decreasing errors
  • WiFi enabled: Pumps can be located easily, and the drug library can be managed from a central location (with updates pushed out to all the pumps hospital-wide).
  • Auto-reset: If a patient’s movement inhibits the infusion, the new pumps can simply re-set once the way is clear. This is a great improvement over the current pumps which set off a loud alarm until it is reset by a nurse.

The hospital needs to purchase 100 new IV Infusion Pumps to ensure that pumps are available for every patient as required (it is not uncommon for a patient in the ICU to have 5-6 IV lines running at the same time).

The consistent use of this advanced technology will enable staff to provide safe, high-quality, evidence-based care, positively impacting the patient experience and outcomes.

Total project cost: $400,000