The Smart Pump Working Group is an inter-professional group (clinical educators, front-line pharmacists, Professional Practice Manager, Pharmacy Manager, Biomedical Engineering representative, Network Administrator from Information Technology Services) that reports to Safe Medication Practices Committee. Its primary mandates are to review current practices of smart pump devices within the organization and to develop recommendations to the Safe Medication Practices Committee by utilizing the data from smart pumps to improve safety and develop an on-going process for smart pump updates and continued data analysis. It is also mandated to review, on an on-going basis, any required additions/changes to ensure consistent, scheduled drug library (DL) updates occur, aligning with medication safety standards and recommendations from organizations such as ISMP Canada.
The Working Group meets monthly and the work accomplished has led to a drug library compliance rate of greater than 98% for over 1 year and the almost elimination of medication errors related to i.v. administration of medications due to over-riding parameters.
We feel that this is Innovative & Transformative because, in a meeting with ICUMedical when we were reviewing next steps in report development for presentation to our hospital executives, ICUMedical (the manufacturers for the Plum 360 Smart Pumps) had indicated that there were not aware of any other institution in Canada that had as efficient and effective Working Group, and who are using the actual data for on-going quality improvements. They were the ones who had indicated that we should be putting this initiative forward as a Leading Practice.