For Immediate Release
October 9, 2015
Allison Rafti, +1-703-253-8296

AAMI Publication Shines Spotlight on Infusion Systems

Infusion system safety, a subject of intense interest for medical device manufacturers, clinicians, regulators, healthcare technology experts, and patient safety advocates, is the focus of the newly released issue of AAMI’s award-winning Horizons magazine. The concepts and approaches of articles featured in the fall 2015 issue include the following:

  • A roundtable discussion in which leading experts weigh in on questions such as: What recent advances have been made to improve infusion system safety? How can human factors engineering and user-centered design make infusion pumps easier to use? How effective is training on the use of infusion devices? For hospitals with smart pump technology, what is being done to ensure clinician compliance with the use of drug libraries for infusions?
  • Research on how a simplified user interface for intravenous smart pumps can improve programming times and reduce use errors.
  • Perspectives on how improved smart pump drug library use can help eliminate clinical workarounds.
  • Evidence of how syringe infusion pump programming errors can be decreased through the use of weight-based safety parameters for intermittent infusions.
  • The challenges and rewards of one group’s smart pump implementation efforts, including wireless issues, support-related challenges, and the leveraging of quality data to improve pump safety and usefulness.
  • A report on how human factors engineering and a simulated-use validation study was used to achieve improved ease of infusion pump programming, resulting in improved drug library compliance rates.

Horizons, a peer-reviewed supplement to AAMI’s journal BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology), is being mailed directly to all of AAMI’s nearly 7,000 members. It also will be distributed at biomedical association and industry meetings throughout the year and archived online, reaching thousands of additional readers.

Seven organizations have pledged their support of this issue of Horizons and will be promoting the publication to their members and customers, thereby expanding the visibility of the content. AAMI would to thank the following supporting organizations:

  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • American College of Clinical Engineering
  • Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • ECRI Institute
  • Healthcare Technology Foundation
  • National Patient Safety Foundation

AAMI ( is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of approximately 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission—supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective healthcare technology.