Sanford Children’s team release findings on safer practice

June 16, 2022

vanessa vondra
Sanford Health Media Relations
605-366-2432 / [email protected]

SIOUX FALLS, SD — A quality improvement project led by a team of nurses and a pharmacist at Sanford Children’s Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit determined that smart pump technology can eliminate broken or damaged catheter lines in some of the youngest and smallest patients.

The project, “Using a Smart Pump and Dedicated Drug Line to Reduce Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Damage,” has been published in a leading nursing journal, Advances in neonatal care.

Infants in the NICU often require a peripherally inserted central line (PICC) for medications and nutrition. Traditionally, babies manually receive small volumes of medication through this catheter, but in this project, nurses administered medication through a smart pump using a dedicated tubing set, the “medical line.” The goal was to reduce or eliminate catheter damage and potential harm to smaller patients.

“Using the IV push method can cause a leak or line break in a PICC. Smaller syringes create higher pressures,” said Bette Schumacher, MS, RN, CNS, clinical nurse specialist at the Sanford Children’s Hospital.” We wanted to see how using a smart IV infusion pump could regulate infusion pressure and improve outcome. Pump programming on the smart pump helps ensure safe administration of IV medications and regulates infusion pressure to levels within PICC tolerance.

The project was conducted at Sanford Health’s Level IV NICU, which has 58 beds and approximately 800 admissions per year. Sanford Health submitted its findings to the journal to help other NICU nurses and providers learn from the innovative process the team developed.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in the heartland of America. Based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 220,000 health plan members on 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and researchers, more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care facilities, and global clinics in 8 countries around the world. . Learn more about Sanford Health’s commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at Where Sanford Health News.

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