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Large Volumetric Infusion Pumps: Inventory Management and Usability Surveys

This resource offers the results of two surveys CADTH developed to meet the objectives of the volumetric infusion pumps project. One survey focused on the procurement of large volumetric infusion pumps, and the second survey inquired about the usability of large volumetric infusion pumps in Canadian hospitals.

Need for Evidence

The Canadian Medication Incident Reporting and Prevention System is a national program led by Health Canada, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada or ISMP Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. This voluntary program collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on medical incidents in Canada. Although voluntary problem reports and manufacturer recalls provide some information, the full impact of the design quality of infusion pumps on users — especially regarding reliability and usability — is not known. Furthermore, the distribution of the brands and models of large volumetric infusion pumps across Canadian hospitals is uncertain.

Specifically, the survey objectives were:

Objective 1: To collect information on the current inventory of large volumetric infusion pumps in hospitals across Canada.

Objective 2: To collect information on the current usability (that is, issues and challenges) of large volumetric infusion pumps in Canadian hospitals.

For the full results, see the survey report.

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