Baxter International releases Sigma Spectrum data

Baxter International has released new data involving the Sigma Spectrum Infusion System.
Baxter International has released new data involving the Sigma Spectrum Infusion System. | morguefile

Baxter International, which is dedicated to its mission of increasing the safety of patients while medication is delivered, recently released compliance data that showed a drug library compliance average of 97 percent in facilities that employed the Sigma Spectrum Infusion System within the first 30 days.

Drug libraries are the most important features of smart pumps and help clinicians detect mistakes before patients can be harmed by helping recognize and prevent medication infusion errors that can be potentially harmful. There are 1.2 million harmful medication errors related to injectable medications in the U.S. that could presumably be prevented each year.

Sigma Spectrum pumps are programmed to automatically default to the drug libraries that are installed in them when they are turned on. This feature helps clinicians remain compliant with every defined infusion.

“Our highest priority when choosing a new infusion pump was achieving our drug library compliance goals, which is essential to patient safety,” Dennis Killian, PharmD, Ph.D., said. “Industry-wide drug library compliance is at approximately 85 percent, but our facility — following the adoption of Sigma Spectrum and automatic drug library updates — is at a 99.3 percent compliance rate.”

Killian led the implementation of Sigma Spectrum at Peninsula Regional Medical Center Salisbury, Maryland.

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