Smart Pump Case Study

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1SA1a. There was a patient that came up to the nursing station and was asking to go outside, since the sun was shining. She had a piccline in and a history of smoking and drug abuse. She was in her 30’s and was only receiving antibiotics once a day. She claimed that she was no longer using drugs, although her physician did not believe her and wanted her to stay in the hospital for three weeks. After asking for permission to be escorted outside in order to enjoy some sun, she was told that she would have to wait till there was someone available. She said “ok” and walked away a little disappointed. Since I was done with my interventions and had some down time, I asked If I could escort her outside. I could and we spent at least 15 minutes walking in the sun. She came back inside with an upbeat and happier attitude. Staying inside, especially at a hospital for three weeks, can be difficult because it may feel as if you’ve lost independence. Her significant change in condition was in her demeanor, which she was uplifted again, once she was able to get some air and sunshine.…show more content…
I was curious to know if smart pumps were indeed safer than setting a drip rate when it came to administering medication intravenously. I found an article on proquest titled, “Benefits and Risks of Using Smart Pumps to Reduce Medication Error Rates: A Systematic Review”. The conclusion was that smart pumps, overall, are able to reduce programming errors, yet there are other types of errors that are still persistent such as wrong administration and wrong patient. I’m glad I was able to find an article like this so that I could know which areas of safe practice to emphasize during IV administrations while using a smart pump. Also good to know that over all, using the smart pumps are still the safest form of

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