New Pumps Enhance Patient Safety: Go live Nov. 16

New Pumps Enhance Patient Safety: Go live Nov. 16

Patient safety is at the heart of what we do here at AAMC–we are constantly seeking ways to enhance the care we offer to our patients.

Plum A+® Infusion System

This fall, AAMC will introduce its new IV Medication Safety Management System from Hospira–including new technologically advanced, reliable PLUM A+ General Infusion (IV) pumps, Lifecare Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pumps, Gemstar epidural pumps, safety medication software, wireless networking and data collection, and a new luer access IV connection system.

This powerful and practical new system will dramatically enhance patient safety, offers excellent functionality and supports best practices in all clinical areas.

This is the one of the top five most significant projects in AAMC history and it is the largest patient safety improvement project ever. It has taken several years of preparation to get to the final stages of this project. Thanks to numerous dedicated AAMC staff, we are almost there.

Plum A+® Infusion System

LifeCare PCA® Infusion System

The new Gemstar safety epidural pumps were successfully introduced last July in Labor and Delivery, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and Critical Care Unit. Next is the introduction of the new Microclave luer lock IV connection system in mid-October, replacing the Interlink IV connection system—no more little plastic connectors! Staff will be trained on the new IV extension sets and Microclave luer valves. These disposables will be in use a few weeks prior to the IV/PCA pump transition so that staff can get used to this new system.

Mandatory training classes for the new IV pumps and PCA pumps begin November 10-16 in the Rotary Room and HSI. Scheduling for these classes is available through ED Track. Please see your unit scheduler to register as soon as possible. For any questions about the training sessions please contact your department leadership.

GO LIVE for the new IV and PCA pumps will take place Tuesday, Nov. 16, with physical support from Hospira clinicians and AAMC Super Users.  Look for more great information to come!

-Clint Welch, RN, CRNI (Project Manager)

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