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to intravenous infusion errors they are an invaluable component of a package of safety strategies that also includes standardisation of practice, barcoding and pre- manufacture of ready-to-administer IV medication.

For example, in one study a combination of smart pump technology with standard drug concentrations and user-friendly medication labelling brought about a 73% reduction in reported errors relating to continuous infusion of medication (Larson et al, 2005).

The benefi ts to the nurse in particular, in addition to creating a safe environment for care, are centred around the secondary benefi ts of standardisation of equipment, of training, of prescribing practice and of drug-solution concentrations. Smart pumps are good for nurses, but as with any new technology there comes a responsibility to use the systems effectively.

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