There exist high alert medications (HAM) or medications that represent a heightened risk of patient harm when used in error. IV smart pumps with alarm systems were created to help address medication administration errors.
A recent study demonstrated these systems are often turned off as much as (73.8%) of the time.
These findings indicate that the majority of alerts generated are bypassed by clinicians suggesting, a symptom of alert fatigue. This study suggests the potential for significant patient harm with these medicatons. This study provides further support for clinician-driven IV smart pump innovation to improve alert fatigue.