Prevalence of wireless smart-pump drug library update delays Academic Article uri icon


  • Purpose Results of a study to estimate the prevalence and severity of delays in wireless updates of smart-pump drug libraries across a large group of US hospitals are reported. Methods A prolonged smart-pump drug library update may result in patient harm if a pump is programmed with an incorrect limit setting at the time of drug administration. A retrospective study was conducted using smart-pump alert data extracted from the Regenstrief National Center for Medical Device Informatics (REMEDI) database. The study sample consisted of 49 hospitals in 5 states across the Midwest and Kentucky operated by 12 health systems; all the facilities used a specific brand of smart pump (BD Alaris, Beckton, Dickinson and Company) capable of generating alert data and had consistently contributed alert data to the REMEDI database over a 2-year period. An update delay was defined as the interval from …

publication date

  • June 1, 2018