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UIHC Using Smarter IV System

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--One Iowa hospital is taking patient safety to the next level.

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are now using an integration system to help improve infusion medication safety.

What the new system does is pretty straight forward.
It simply aligns various hospital equipment to help eliminate the possibility of errors.

At first glance it's a normal procedure for infusing liquid medication into a patient. 

"We've always used an electronic medical record here at the University of Iowa and we've always scanned the patient wrist band which is a bar code, said UIHC RN Charles Borovic.

They also scan the bar code on the medication to ensure that it's what the doctor ordered.

"Typically though when we would do IV fluids we used to just manually program them in by pushing these buttons, Borovic said.

Thats where they type the rate that the IV fluid will run. Now under the new system, we still do all those verifications but instead of dialing in the amount we need to run in, the computer system does it so there's less human error, he said.

Meaning the patient is less likely to get the wrong dose of the medication. Its something hospital leaders say they've been working hard to put together.

"In this circumstance we were working with our electronic medical record vendor as well as the vendor who provides is our smart pumps those are pumps that we use to give medications to patients, said Dr. Douglas Van Daele, Chief Medical Informatics Officer.

Dr. Douglas Van Daele says it all about getting the hospital devices talking to each other to make sure the patient gets exactly what hospital doctors have prescribed.

"It's important that we use these technologies that are available to make it the safest place for them to get their care."

The hospital has been working on aligning their devices for more than a year now.

They officially started using it in February.
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