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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Newspaper/Magazine Article

Do you know what doses are being programmed in the OR? Make it an expectation to use smart infusion pumps with DERS.

ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. 2020;25.

Dose error-reduction systems (DERS) are standard functions in smart pumps. While they are designed to recognize dosing and programming errors, it has been observed that DERS are not fully utilized in operating rooms (OR). This article shares recommendations for addressing this medication safety gap including working with anesthesia providers and OR team members to establish use of DERS as an expected practice.