ALARIS Medical Systems Recognized for Safe Medication Appliance
Dec 22, 2003
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San Diego, CA, U.S.-ALARIS Medical Systems, Inc., a developer of products for the safe delivery of intravenous (IV) medications, has received the Institute for Safe Medication Practices' annual Cheers Award for its pioneering infusion pump technology, which has been demonstrated to reduce the risk of errors associated with the administration of intravenous medications.

The Cheers Awards honor individuals, organizations, and companies that have set a superlative standard of excellence for others to follow in the prevention of medication errors.

The Cheers Awards are hosted by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), a non-profit organization well known as the premier educational resource for the prevention of medication errors.

ISMP provides independent, multidisciplinary, expert review of errors reported through the U.S. Pharmacopeia-ISMP Medication Errors Reporting Program. Working with practitioners, healthcare organizations, the pharmaceutical industry and many others, ISMP provides timely medication safety information to the healthcare community and encourages the safe use of medications.

"'Smart' technology, such as the ALARIS Medical Systems(R) Medley(TM) Medication Safety System, are one of the most important technologies to help prevent serious medication errors," said Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, President of ISMP. "Hospitals and health systems can utilize continuous quality improvement data coming from this smart technology to analyze their medication and quality improvement processes, which ultimately can help advance knowledge of IV-medication harm and the exploration of new clinical improvement opportunities."

With the Guardrails(R) Safety Software, available on both the Medley(TM) Medication Safety System and the Signature Edition(R) GOLD Infusion System, hospitals can enter their own standard drug infusion protocols into the pump's drug library. This allows hospitals to set customized dose limits for up to 1,000 different drug protocols. When hospital staff members administer a medication through the infusion pump, the Guardrails(R) Safety Software compares each dose entered against the hospital-defined limits. If a dose is programmed outside these limits, the system provides a visual alert, informing the clinician that the dose is outside the recommended range of the hospital's formulary. The system also communicates critical infusion status information at a glance, enhancing readability for the clinician.

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