Patient Safety Presentation

Intravenous Medication Administration: Smart Pumps and Other Approaches to Reduce the Potential for Harm

Tim Vanderveen, PharmD, MS

Presented September 5th, 2018 at APSF Stoelting Conference 2018


The medication process in anesthesia is unique in that the anesthesiologist prescribes, dispenses, prepares, administers and documents all medications and fluids.

Current generation of “Smart” pumps have replaced pumps that were typically used for drugs in the OR.

For inpatient use, bar code medication administration (BCMA) and Smart IV pumps with wireless connectivity are connected seamlessly with the EHR creating Intelligent infusion systems for auto-programming and auto-documentation.

Slight modifications to the in-patient BCMA and Smart pump interoperability are required to fit the unique OR infusion and injection practices.

Technology and software for operating room drug offer major safety improvement but will require significant practice changes, including use of bar code scanning, documentation before administration, decision support tools, standardization between OR and inpatients, and compliance with the use of the new process.


Intravenous Medication Administration Smart Pumps and Other Approaches to Reduce the Potential for Harm – [PDF]


Tim Vanderveen, PharmD, MS

Tim Vanderveen, PharmD, MS

Tim Vanderveen received his BS in Pharmacy and a MS in Clinical Pharmacy from Purdue University. He completed his residency at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI, and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Medical University of South Carolina. For over 40 year he has been involved in the infusion device industry, retiring in 2017 from BD and currently consults for ICU Medical Affairs.