How to be SMART when Implementing SMART pump Technology

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Meechen Tchen, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Shelley McKinney, Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada


As part of Phase 3 of the Paediatric Opioid Safety Initiative, CAPHC and ISMP Canada would like to invite you to a webinar on Friday March 30, 2012, 12:00 ET.

This one hour webinar will address how newer types of infusion pumps or SMART IV pumps with dose-error reduction systems detect and prevent programming errors to improve patient safety.   Introduction of new technology requires an understanding of the entire system, work flow processes, and the impact changes will have on all system elements.  SMART pump technology (syringe pumps and large volume pumps) were successfully implemented throughout the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).  Some of the key strategies used to navigate the complexities of the change will be highlighted.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session participants will: 

• understand the benefits and safety features of SMART pump technology 

• learn about preparation such as current use of pump technology, standardize IV concentrations, creation of drug libraries, and required supports 

• keys to successful implementation including initial and ongoing staff education,  monitoring data and making changes to maximize use of safety features

Audience: VP Patient Care Areas, Patient Safety, Quality Leaders, Risk Management Leads, Directors of Pharmacy, Managers of Patient Care Units, Nurse Educators, Nurses, Pharmacists, Biomedical Engineering and Information Technology

Resources and References:

How to be Smart when Implementing SMART Pump Technology: Special Considerations for Paediatrics

(PPT slides)

Presenter Biography:

Meechen Tchen is a pharmacist at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) who worked with the interprofessional team during the roll out of the SMART syringe pumps and large volume pumps.   As the Supervisor of the pharmacy Centralized Intravenous Admixture Service, Meechan was instrumental in creating the drug libraries for the SMART pumps and understanding the safety features of the dose error reporting system (DERS).   Currently, Meechen is a clinical pharmacist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at CHEO.

Created by Lisa Stromquist on 2012/03/05 22:19