Smart pumps to be rolled out to Saskatchewan Polytechnic

August 19, 2016

Before they join the ranks of healthcare professionals across Saskatchewan, students will have access to the same technology they’ll need to operate when delivering patient care.

In partnership with 3sHealth, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will deploy 93 state-of-the-art smart intravenous (IV) pumps to locations across the province. Nursing, paramedic and health sciences students will have the opportunity beginning this fall to use the new Hospira 360 smart IV pumps, the same model of smart IV pump currently being rolled out to the provincial healthcare system.

And just like in hospitals and other care environments, the smart pumps that Saskatchewan Polytechnic is getting will contain the provincial drug library. When students have an opportunity to practice with real equipment prior to patient contact, information recall is enhanced which, ultimately facilitates safe patient care.

Employees from 3sHealth and Saskatchewan Polytechnic worked together this summer to configure the smart pumps and they’re being delivered to sites across the province in time for the new school year.

“It is amazing our students will be getting access to both the pumps and the drug library in the simulation centres' low fidelity units,” said Emily Harder, manager of Simulation Learning Centres at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “Once students have graduated and start working in patient care settings, they will have experience using Hospira 360 smart IV pumps. Through organizational collaboration we are providing students access to new smart pump technology. This sharing of information and resources will positively benefit patients.”

The Hospira 360 smart pumps are designed to work in conjunction with the provincial drug library: safe limits, on both the low and high ends are programmed into the machines. If a drug is about to be administered at a dose that is outside those limits, the smart pumps alert the healthcare providers allowing them to check their programming before a potential error reaches the patient. Smart pumps do not replace the critical judgment of care providers, but are tools that assist them in providing the safest care possible.

Pictured above: Barry McCaig, project manager, unpacking smart pumps in order to begin configuring each one for Saskatchewan Polytechnic.

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