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Pumping Up: How Hospitals Are Using “Smart” Infusion Pumps To Help Improve Medication Delivery Safety and Hospital Efficiency

Baxter’s SIGMA Spectrum smart infusion pump also wins 4th consecutive “Best in KLAS” award

Baxter's SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System

Baxter's SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System recently received the "Best in KLAS" award for smart pumps for the fourth consecutive year.

Holland Hospital in Holland, Michigan, focuses on more than just treating patients. Named eight consecutive years to Truven Health Analytics' Top 100 Hospitals list, Holland seeks to continually improve the health of the communities it serves. It was in this vein that the organization recently partnered with Baxter and Cerner Corporation, a leading provider of intelligent solutions and technologies for the healthcare industry, to address medication delivery safety and hospital efficiency. (See sidebar.) Specifically, they worked to integrate Baxter's SIGMA Spectrum smart infusion pump into the Cerner Millennium® electronic medical record (EMR) system across Holland's entire 189-bed main campus.

Infusion pumps are used throughout hospitals to deliver fluids and medications to patients, and support the "five rights" of medication administration: ensuring the right patient gets the right medication in the right dosage at the right time through the right administration route.

A "smart" infusion pump does more than just infuse fluids. It can have advanced safety software. It can collect infusion information and share it with hospital staff for safer, more efficient care, as well as more informed clinical decision making. Baxter's SIGMA Spectrum, for example, features Dose Error Reduction Software and customizable Master Drug Libraries with facility-defined dosing limits intended to help reduce infusion-related adverse drug events. So if, for example, caregivers accidentally enter dosage information outside the facility-defined dosing parameters, an alert prevents the start of infusion and prompts them to re-enter the correct information.

The SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System is a Cerner Certified Medical Device, which allows communication of infusion data to CareAware Infusion ManagementTM. This means that information can flow seamlessly from the infusion pump for viewing and documentation to the patient's medical record in near real time. This affords nurses and other caregivers more time to interact with patients since they are not spending as much time documenting infusion data and manually filling out charts.

"Holland Hospital, Baxter and Cerner share a commitment to enhancing patient safety and helping providers deliver high-quality care," said Scott Luce, general manager of Baxter's U.S. Hospital Products business. "The integration of Baxter's SIGMA Spectrum smart infusion pump with the Cerner Millennium system leverages advanced technology that helps Holland achieve that and more. It not only helps improve patient safety, but also increases hospital efficiency by allowing staff across the entire hospital to focus more on direct patient care activities and less on administrative responsibilities."

Tim Breed, Holland Hospital Community Relations Director, added, "Holland Hospital's commitment to top-quality care is backed by an investment in the most advanced technology and treatments for patients. Working with Baxter and Cerner to integrate a SIGMA Spectrum EMR solution means that our hospital team members will be able to better prevent medication dosing errors and provide patient-centric care."

In May of 2014, Baxter received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its next-generation SIGMA Spectrum Infusion Pump with Master Drug Library. Enhancements include increased capacity of the master drug library and new asset-tracking capabilities that will allow hospitals to effectively locate, manage and deploy SIGMA Spectrum inventory, helping to ensure efficient allocation of hospital assets. The company plans a launch of this next-generation smart pump in the U.S. later this year.

Baxter's SIGMA Spectrum Wins 4th Consecutive "Best in KLAS" Award for Smart Pumps

For the fourth consecutive year, Baxter's SIGMA Spectrum Infusion Pump has received the "Best in KLAS" award for Smart Pumps–LVP4 in the 2014 Best in KLAS: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure Report. The "Best in KLAS" award represents the opinions of healthcare clinicians who use smart pumps and hospital executives and managers who make purchasing decisions. Receiving the "Best in KLAS" award indicates a vendor has been identified by healthcare providers as outperforming other smart pump manufacturers.

SIGMA Spectrum scored the highest overall performance rating for large volume pumps (LVPs), which solidifies its place as the leading smart pump system in the market. Additionally, Baxter's performance score in the Implementation & Training category was 92.4%, indicating a high level of satisfaction with Baxter's implementation and training processes.
"This is a tremendous achievement because each of the top performers earned this recognition through the voice of their provider customers," said Matt Terry, vice president of medical equipment and imaging research for KLAS. "Given that vendors must concern themselves with the complexities of a dynamic healthcare market and operational challenges, it is remarkable to see so many undeviating from their focus on helping providers succeed."

Click to read more about the KLAS report (http://www.klasresearch.com) and the Best in KLAS award press release.


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42014 Best in KLAS Awards: Medical Equipment & Infrastructure, SIGMA Spectrum, Best in KLAS for Smart Pumps - LVP, June 2014. ©2014 KLAS Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved. http://www.KLASresearch.com

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