CE: Using Smart IV Infusion Pumps Outside of Patient Rooms

Emily G. Messing, Renu S. Abraham, Nicholas J. Quinn, Elizabeth A. Duthie

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for health care workers, who have demonstrated dedication, collaboration, and innovation in response. In this article, the authors describe an important nursing innovation they employed at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, during the spring 2020 COVID-19 surge: The relocation of smart IV infusion pumps outside of patient rooms. The goals of this innovation were to improve delivery of care, conserve personal protective equipment, limit the spread of the virus, and protect staff from exposure. The authors discuss the initial concerns that arose regarding the safety and efficacy of this practice; the research they conducted with other colleagues in nursing, pharmacy, infection control, and patient safety in the face of scant clinical literature relevant to the difficult circumstances the pandemic created; and the strategies they ultimately employed to ensure that this practice maintained safety and efficacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-43
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • IV tubing
  • Nursing innovation
  • Smart IV infusion pumps

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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