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Nurses Risk Without Using Smart Pumps

Nurses' Risk without Using Smart Pumps (CE)


Since the introduction of smart IV pumps, hospitals across the country have implemented this technology to improve the safety of high-risk IV medication administration. The smart pump safety software provides comprehensive drug libraries, standardized drug concentrations and dosing units, drug-dose calculators, a variety of safety alerts based on typical use of each drug and a detailed log of all alerts. While the improved safety is readily apparent every time one looks at the logged alerts, many hospitals continue to struggle with less than ideal compliance with use of the pumps' safety features.

This webcast will discuss the potential legal risks nurses incur when they make conscious decisions not to use the smart pump technology, or knowingly override alerts and administer doses that are outside of the usual safe range. In addition, this program will discuss how hospitals have dealt with improving compliance and aggressively managed aspects of the alert system that contributed to compliance issues.


Target Audience: 
Nurses and pharmacists involved with the use of smart infusion technology and dose error reduction systems 


Learning Objectives:

1)       Recite risks nurses undertake for themselves as well as their employer when they choose to not use Smart pump technology.

2)       Provide examples of how hospitals have improved compliance with the use of smart pumps

3)       Explain personal accountability and personal liability as it relates to use of hospital-provided safer technologies.


1.        View the webcast (90 minutes)

2.        Complete the post test and evaluation form for CE credits


Accreditation Information – Nursing and Pharmacy 
Educational Review Systems is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by ASNA, an accredited provider by the ANCC/Commission on Accreditation. Provider # 5-115. Program #05-115-11-048. This program is approved for 1.5 hours of continuing nursing education. Educational Review Systems is also approved for nursing continuing education by the state of California, the state of Florida and the District of Columbia.

Educational Review Systems is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. This program is approved for 1.5 hours (0.15CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE # 0761-0000-11-048-L05-P; 0761-0000-11-048-L05-T. Educational Review Systems is also approved for pharmacy continuing education by the state of Florida.


Release date:

June  24, 2011. 


Expiration date:

June 24, 2013


Estimated time to complete the activity- 90 minutes


Cost of activity:  No Charge


Faculty and Disclosures:

Andrew Harding, MS, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, FAHA, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nursing Educational and Research, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Boston, MA

Michelle Mandrack, RN, MSN, Director Consulting Services, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Horsham, PA

Julie Puotinen, PharmD, BCPS, Drug Policy Coordinator, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI

Kathy Rapala, DNP, JD, RN Drug Policy Coordinator, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI

Timothy Wilkerson, JD, Assistant Counsel, Massachusetts House of Representatives

All speakers reported they have no relevant financial disclosures.

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  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures above
  • Optionally, download and print the workbook so that you can take notes during the presentations
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