IV Clinical Integration: Raising the Bar in Medication Administration Management

Every day your healthcare facility must balance patient safety, staff efficiency and fiscal responsibilities. We can help you meet these challenges with innovative solutions like
IV Clinical Integration that raise the bar in medication administration management. 
Hospira is the industry-recognized leader1 in IV Clinical Integration, which reinvents the medication delivery process by seamlessly connecting the medication order with the infusion device, patient information and the electronic health or medical record (EHR or EMR). 
After adopting IV Clinical Integration, a number of customers have achieved significant results in medication error reduction, workflow efficiencies and cost avoidance.

Patient Safety Improvements

Even with a strong and widespread focus on patient safety in recent years, there is still much work to be done, particularly in the area of medication errors. Consider these statistics: 
  • A retrospective study of 10 hospitals showed that 27.6% of patient harms were caused by medication2 
  • Another study revealed that 56% of medication errors were associated with
    IV medication3
In contrast, one healthcare facility reported a 32% reduction in reported heparin administration errors by using IV Clinical Integration.4*
With IV Clinical Integration, nurses can focus more on their patients. They spend less time on manual device programming and documentation and have additional time for the critical thinking that is so essential to quality care. 
A nurse recently credited IV Clinical Integration for his ability to notice an ineffective therapy. Because the system captured his titrations and volumes, he had time to review the patient’s clinical presentation, diagnostic and physiological data, trends and diagnostic results, all captured in a “dashboard” view. He quickly realized the patient was not responding to treatment and called the physician.5
IV Clinical Integration also provides robust data for continuous quality improvement (CQI) initiatives, with the ability to monitor and trend infusion practices with greater granularity.

Streamlined Workflow

According to one study, Med-Surg nurses typically spend up to 35% of their time on documentation and 17% on medication administration.6 By adopting IV Clinical Integration, your facility can significantly decrease the number of manual steps4 — and the amount of time — needed for IV medication delivery and documentation. For example, one hospital: 
  • Experienced a 58% reduction in number of manual programming steps
    (from 17 to 7)4*
  • Cut the time to document a code blue from 120 minutes to 57*
Imagine how those efficiencies can add up over time.

Financial Benefits

With your healthcare facility under increasing financial pressures, you need solutions that help to reduce costs and/or bring in additional revenue. IV Clinical Integration has the potential to provide financial benefits in three key areas:
  • Cost avoidance: One facility estimated an annual savings of $6.8 million associated with avoiding potential adverse drug events by using IV Clinical Integration.8*
  • Cost savings: Enhanced workflow improves staff efficiency, which can lead to
    cost savings.
  • Reimbursement: Near real-time documentation capabilities provide complete and accurate information to facilitate your reimbursement process.

Our Medication Management Portfolio Makes IV Clinical Integration Possible

  • Plum A+™ infusion system provides delivery of multiple therapies to better manage the complex medication dosing regimens typically seen in emergency rooms, intensive care units and oncology centers. The Plum A+™ with Hospira MedNet™ software provides an added level of safety. 
  • Hospira MedNet™ safety software provides the ability to streamline workflow as well as guide and monitor medication administration. CQI reports are available at the device, clinical care area, institution and system-wide level. The primary capabilities within Hospira MedNet™ software include:
  • Drug library: The hospital’s policies, procedures and best practices may be incorporated into the safety software’s drug library database to provide patients with greater protection from infusion errors. 
  • Performance enhancement reports: These reports log and summarize infusion event data including alerts displayed, user responses and variances between the medication rules set and programmed values.
  • Connectivity: Communication with bar-code, point-of-care systems and other medical devices or applications supports multiple capabilities: for example, accurate and timely electronic documentation of IV infusion information to the EHR.
  • Services and support: IV Clinical Integration implementation is supported by an expert team of pharmacists, nurses, IT professionals and project managers. Hospira’s team will work with you every step of the way to ensure the process goes smoothly.

    Fostering Healthy Partnerships 

    Implementing IV Clinical Integration involves a strong partnership between your institution, Hospira and your EHR partner. This solution helps you find the balance between patient safety, staff efficiencies and fiscal responsibilities. As a result, a stronger bond is created between your physicians, pharmacists and nurses, helping them to trust, verify and support each other’s efforts in IV medication administration.

    *Results may vary by facility

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    2. Landrigan C, et al. “Temporal trends in rates of patient harm resulting from medical care.”N Engl J Med. November 2010; 363(22):2124-34.
    3. Ross L, Wallace J, Paton J,  Stephenson T.  "Medication errors in a paediatric teaching hospital in the UK: Five years operational experience." Arch Dis Child.December 2000;83(6): 492–497.
    4. Prusch AE, Suess TM, Paoletti RD, Olin ST, Watts SD. Integrating technology to improve medication administration. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2011;68(9):835-842.
    5. O’Shea K, Muller S. Infusion management: making it smarter, not harder. Presented at Moving Boundaries: Cerner Health Conference. October 10-13, 2010. Kansas City, MO.
    6. Hendrich A. “A 36-hospital time and motion study: How do Medical-Surgical nurses spend their time?” Perm J.Summer 2008;12(3):25–34.
    7. Closing the Loop in IV Medication Administration. Cerner Corporation white paper, 2011.
    8. Ford D, Luttrell N. Leadership in patient safety: IV pump auto-programming. Paper presented at: Cerner Health Conference; October 2009; Kansas City, MO.