Educational Resources for Multiple Infusions and Infusion Safety

Learn from experts who have researched the causes and solutions designed to reduce the risks associated with multiple line infusions and infusion safety

Multiple IV Infusion Safety

Patient care, particularly in critical care environments, often requires multiple intravenous (IV) infusions. A four-phase study on Multiple Intravenous Infusions was conducted by University Health Network: Health Technology Safety Research Team, in conjunction with IMSP Canada. This study evolved from an initial study that was focusing on smart pumps.
The researchers realized that there were some challenges and risks that the smart pump couldn’t prevent. The goal of this four-part study was to identify risks associated with multiple infusions and recommendations to reduce those risks.

A summary and the findings of these studies is available on the AAMI Foundation website.

 
Multiple IV Infusion Safety Webinar Series Part I:
Making the Invisible Visible

Published on: September 11, 2017

In part one of this patient safety seminar, Sonia Pinkney discusses a lab study that showed errors occur during common tasks associated with administering and managing multiple IV infusions. This seminar focuses on managing shared infusion volume and setting up a secondary intermittent IV infusion.

 
Multiple IV Infusion Safety Webinar Series Part II:
Where’s My Line?

Published on: September 25, 2017

In part two of this patient safety seminar, Sonia Pinkney and Andrea Cassano-Piché discuss a lab study that showed errors occur during common tasks associated with administering and managing multiple IV infusions. This seminar focuses on identifying an IV infusion and administering an IV bolus, as well as the technology and standardization of process recommendations to improve the challenges related to multiple infusions.

One of the recommendations was to light the primary medication line and ensure that it is visually distinct from all other lines in the environment. MedLite ID meets and exceeds what the investigators were trying to achieve in this regard.

Complimentary seminars, no registration fees required. Available on Vimeo:

Additional Resources

AAMI Quick Guide: Improving the Safe Use of Multiple IV Infusions 

The goal of this Quick Guide is to provide actionable strategies and to lead clinicians to the following tools:

  • A guidance document created by HumanEra summarizes the evidentiary base and recommendations amassed through research. This document is truly a “must read” for all nurse educators and front-line clinicians! The guidance highlights implementation support materials (explanations, examples, diagrams, self-check lists, etc.) related to each of the recommendations provided in this Quick Guide: http://ehealthinnovation.org/wp-content/uploads/MIVI-Evidentiary-Base-Report072415.pdf
  • Interactive eLearning modules developed by HumanEra for use by clinicians. These four modules are incredibly engaging and effective at teaching the concepts of infusion therapy related to secondary IV infusions and “shared infusion volume.” They are primarily intended for nurses, but are also applicable to pharmacists, quality improvement and risk management staff, and any clinician administering IV syringe pushes (e.g., anesthesiologists, paramedics, resuscitation teams)

This guide is available for download on the AAMI website here

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