Lead Medicines Information Pharmacist, Withybush General Hospital, Wales
Dianne Burnett has had a number of different roles within the clinical pharmacy profession including aseptic services and palliative care. In 2003, she joined the UKMI network as the Medicines Information pharmacist at Withybush General Hospital and then, in 2011, became the Hywel Dda University Health Board Lead for Medicines Information. Over the last 3 years Dianne has created drug libraries for SMART infusion pumps (the first in Wales), which have been rolled out across the Health Board for adults, paediatrics and neonates. In 2017 Dianne was nominated to be the Health Board’s Medicines Safety Officer (MSO). In 2018 she was invited by NAMDET (National Association of Medical Device Educators and Trainers) to participate in the development of a UK position statement for Dose Error Reduction Software (DERS). Dianne continues to contribute to reducing medication errors and improving patient safety.
‘Development and implementation of DERS for Smart Infusion Pumps: a pharmacist’s experience’
Dose error reduction software (DERS) loaded onto infusion pumps incorporates a drug library with pre-set upper and lower drug dose limits and infusion rates, which can reduce IV infusion errors. This is an important advance for patient safety at the point of patient care. However, uptake of this technology is still relatively low. Hywel Dda University Health Board was the first Health Board in Wales to roll out infusion pumps with a drug library installed. This presentation explains briefly how the technology contributes to reducing errors, the drivers for the implementation in the Health Board and the challenges that the Medicines Information team faced. It will include the gathering of intelligence for building the drug libraries, the importance of provider support, engaging the right people to ensure success of the project and all the while ensuring that governance of the libraries was robust.