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Managing the Dynamic System of Gravity Infusion

February 24, 2017

Simple tools can improve a deceptively complex process

 

 IV infusion is one of the most common healthcare procedures in any setting, and making those infusions accurate is critical to patient safety. While infusion pumps are useful tools that automate the process of IV infusions, there are many clinical settings where pumps are not a viable or efficient option. Whether it’s home care, a disaster setting, or an acute care hospital, gravity IV infusions are are commonly practiced.
 
Infusions that rely on the pressure of gravity and controlled by a roller clamp or dialed device are subtly complex and dynamic systems. In this paper we will explore the challenges of gravity IV infusions and steps clinicians can take to ensure patient safety while improving workflow.

 

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