Events & training

Upcoming webinar: Is your syringe intravenous (IV) infusion system safe for your patients?

November 8, 2021

Join us on the 30th of November, 2021 at 16:00 CET.

Did you know that you can have up to 22% over-delivery of medication if you do not select the correct syringe type on the syringe pump, or up to 10% under-delivery if you do not use an appropriate validated syringe? 1   

Join our webinar to advance patient safety in syringe IV infusion systems 

 This webinar aims to create awareness and explain the technical risks when using syringe pump systems for IV therapy. Recommendations will be provided to avoid or at least reduce these risks and related clinical adverse events. 

Our guest speaker, Professor Markus Weiss, MD is the co-founder of a healthcare consulting firm and has previously served as Professor of Paediatric Anaesthesiology at the University of Zurich and as the head of the department of paediatric anaesthesia at the University Children’s Hospital in Zurich. 

Delivery of IV infusions 

 A syringe IV infusion system comprises several elements such as the syringe pump, the syringe, an extension set and other IV accessories. Syringe pump systems are increasingly used to deliver complex and sophisticated IV therapies in critical care, anaesthesia, emergency care and many other fields of medicine.  

Despite improvements in infusion delivery and patient safety in the last two decades, with drug libraries, dosing ranges, etc., syringe pump systems can still have considerable impact on plasma drug concentrations2 and there is still a risk of serious clinical consequences through incorrect set up and use of these systems.3

Recommendations to ensure constant medication delivery 

In order to help ensure constant medication delivery from infusion syringe pump systems, it is recommended to use: 

  • the right validated syringe with the right syringe characteristics3
  • the right size of syringe3
  • the syringe in the right position placed within the pump and the pump positioned in the right position3
  • an adequate occlusion line detection and pressure release management

Continuous education and training of personnel and clear guidelines on the use of syringe IV infusion systems is also essential, to avoid complications and thereby morbidity and mortality in IV therapy.   

Come equipped to ask Professor Weiss your questions in the 20-minute Q&A following his presentation 

 Simultaneous translation will be provided in Spanish, Italian, German and French. 
Duration: 45 minutes

 

 


References

  1. Tooke LJ, Howell L. Syringe drivers: incorrect selection of syringe type from the syringe menu may result in significant errors in drug delivery. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2014 Jul;42(4):467-72. doi: 10.1177/0310057X1404200407. PMID: 24967761. 
  2. Baeckert M, Batliner M, Grass B, et al. Performance of modern syringe infusion pump assemblies at low infusion rates in the perioperative setting. British Journal of Anaesthesia. 2020;124(2):173-182. doi: 10.1016/j.bja.2019.10.007. 
  3. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Syringe pump problems with fluid flow continuity at low infusion rates can result in serious clinical consequences: FDA safety communication. Accessed on March 9, 2021, at: https://www.fdanews.com/ext/resources/files/2016/08/08-25-16-pumpsafetynotice.pdf?1480880246 2 

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