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Nine tips on how to safely administer multiple intravenous (IV) medications will be the focus of a free webinar to be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 2 pm Eastern time. Three study authors—two human factors engineers and a nurse—will be offering detailed advice on how to identify and mitigate the risks associated with the administration of multiple IV infusions based on their recent findings.Multiple IV Infusion Safety Webinar
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern [edit: 7pm-8pm British Summer Time]
Register here for this complimentary session today. The recommendations are intended for all inpatient and outpatient care areas where multiple IV infusions are administered to patients. The webinar is targeted at nurses, senior hospital management, clinical managers, educators and practice leaders, and those responsible for medical equipment procurement decisions.
Administering multiple IV infusions is a complex task and therefore prone to a variety of errors, the study authors found. Such infusions are often delivered with large volume pumps through a combination of primary and secondary “piggyback” infusions on multiple pumps and channels. Potential errors include physical line set-up errors and mix-ups of infusion lines, bags, and pumps. For the patient, this could mean receiving an incorrect dose, at the wrong time, with harmful consequences. The recommendations were developed by the Health Technology Safety Research Team at the University Health Network, under a grant from Health Quality Ontario and in collaboration with the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) with support also from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Study details can be found at www.ehealthinnovation.org/?q=node/523.
Featured speakers will be Andrea Cassano-Piché and Mark Fan, both human factors engineers with University Health Network, and Christine Koczmara, RN, a senior analyst with ISMP Canada. The webinar is being offered jointly by the AAMI Foundation’s Healthcare Technology Safety Institute (www.aami.org/htsi), the Infusion Nurses Society (www.ins1.org), ISMP (ismp.org), and ISMP Canada (www.ismp-canada.org). For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (703) 253-8297.