ASHP Symposia

Transforming Smart Infusion Pump Safety: Paving the Way with the New ISMP Guidelines


Space is limited, and pre-registration is encouraged. Pre-registration is for planning purposes only and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are not provided at Midday Symposia. This ASHP policy considers the varied internal policies of commercial supporters related to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. You are welcome to bring your lunch to the session.

Adoption of smart infusion pump technology has driven important infusion safety improvements and has helped to minimize risks with the administration of intravenous (IV) medications. Despite its ability to detect and warn healthcare providers about errors, organizations frequently have not maximized smart infusion pump functionality to its full potential, and serious IV errors have persisted.

The symposium will begin with an overview of the scope and key safety recommendations from ISMP’s new guidelines: Optimizing Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Infusion Pumps and will be followed by robust panel discussion. Our expert panel members will share important lessons learned in optimizing smart pump safety through adoption of ISMP best practices. Topics will include successes and challenges in driving compliance, expanding smart pump use to perioperative and procedural settings, maximizing drug library safety features, metrics to analyze pump data, and planning for implementation of smart pump-electronic medical record (EMR) interoperability.

Intended Audience:

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians

Learning Objectives:

Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss key recommendations from ISMP's new guidelines: Optimizing Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Infusion Pumps.
  2. Identify vital concepts necessary for building a standardized, comprehensive drug library and driving user compliance across multiple sites. 
  3. Describe examples of how targeted smart pump data analysis can lead to safety gains. 
  4. Examine essential safe medication practices to promote successful implementation of smart infusion pump interoperability with the EMR.

Introduction and Overview: 

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon), DPS (hon), FASHP, President, ISMP


ISMP Guidelines for Optimizing Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Pumps

Michelle Mandrack, MSN, RN, Director of Consulting Services, ISMP

Panel Discussion: Leverage ISMP Smart Infusion Pump Safe Practices and Demonstrate Safety Gains

Richard J. Zink, MBA, Managing Director, REMEDI Operations, Purdue University
Mark Jordan, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy, Yuma Regional Medical Center
Rebecca Mahuren, BSN, RN, Medication Safety Integration Nurse, Parkview Health

This activity is supported by Baxter, B. Braun, BD, ICU Medical, and Ivenix.


CE Accreditation

This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-19-512-L05-P/T has been assigned to this knowledge-based live CE activity (initial release date December 11, 2019). This CE activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. This CE activity is provided at no cost to participants. Successful completion of the online post-test and evaluation at no later than January 11, 2020 is required to receive CE credit. CE credit will be automatically uploaded to NABP/CPE Monitor upon completion of the post-test and evaluation. No partial credit will be given. Conflict of interest disclosures are required of all faculty and shall be provided to all participants at the conference.