Programmable pumps provide safety features that control the amount of intravenous solution delivered per hour to a patient — safety features that are not available with hanging intravenous solution bags alone. Pumps control the amount of solution delivered and thus help prevent inadvertent under- or overdosing. Two clinical staff members should perform independent double-checks to make sure the pump settings are correct and consistent with current orders.
- Perform independent double-checks when administration starts, each time the dose is changed, and at the change of each shift.
- Use pumps that prevent a free-flow administration of solution.
- Use only one brand of pump throughout your organization to avoid confusion about proper use and programming errors.