According to the list of technological hazards in hospitals and clinics prepared by ECRI Institute, one of the top risks is produced by the confusion of intravenous lines, leading to a wrong administration of medicines and solutions, especially when needed to manage many infusions to the same patient.
The most common confusions are: a wrong infusion administration, a failure in the infusion rate, or even the use of an incorrect route.
These failures are usually due to the large number of simultaneous infusion lines in patients, the variety of routes of administration and the difficulty to visually discriminate them from one another.
To reduce the risks associated with the confusion of intravenous infusion lines it is recommended to follow some good practices:
- Check that the connector to the patient is attached to the correct place of administration.
- Mark the cables of infusion with the name of the solution that is being administered.
- Do not force the connections or adapt them.
- Purchase only supplies and hospital equipment that meet ANSI/AAMI/ISO 80369-1 standards.
- Do not buy adapters that allow erroneous connections. New standards prevent precisely the connector crossmatch.
- Provide patients with hospital gowns with metal free snaps or velcro on shoulders and sleeves that allows visual monitoring of cables.
In Tedisel Medical, committed always to quality, hospital equipment safety and patient safety, we offer a range of options such as Abitus, Atlas, Teyde, Ares and Adonis to organize efficiently infusion pumps and the channeling of its cables to increase the safety medication management.