Infusion Therapy Safety
Infusion pumps are one of the most widely used technologies in healthcare today. But infusion errors and pump failures can and have caused serious harm, and even death, to patients. Over a five-year period, more than 56,000 adverse events and 710 deaths associated with infusion devices were reported to FDA—more than for any other medical technology. During this period, there were 87 pump recalls.
To address these issues, AAMI and FDA partnered to host a summit in October 2010. The challenges and actions are contained in the summit report, "Infusing Patients Safely: Priority Issues from the AAMI/FDA Infusion Device Summit."
- National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety
- Patient Safety Seminars
- Safety Innovations Series White Papers
- Regional Event Presentations
- Library: Infusion Therapy Safety
Infusion Errors Top ECRI’s 2017 List of Health Technology Hazards November 15, 2016
Comments to the National Quality Forum on the Report, Critical Paths for Creating Data Platforms: Patient Safety.
In August 2012, the National Quality Forum (NQF) posted a report assessing the readiness of electronic health record systems to capture data from infusion pumps for purposes of quality measurement and reporting. This report referenced AAMI. Members of the Steering Committee on Infusion Systems developed a response and comments to this report during the 30 day public comment period.
Multiple Line Management Working Group
The Multiple IV Infusion Study conducted by the Health Technology Safety Research Team (HTSRT) for the Ontario Health Technology Advisory Committee (OHTAC) produced a summary of OHTAC's nine recommendations and provides a rationale as context for each recommendation.
A National Study of Intravenous Medication Errors: Understanding How to Improve Intravenous Safety with Smart Pumps; Brigham and Women's Hospital; Project Investigator: David W. Bates
In May, 2012, The Foundation was awarded a $328,660 grant by the CareFusion Foundation to fund a three-year national study on key issues surrounding the administration of intravenous (IV) medication using smart pumps.