There have been so many improvements in the outpatient infusion market in recent years. The good news is that patients can now achieve a higher quality of life even when they are afflicted with a lifetime chronic condition through treatments utilizing periodic injections or infusions. If you place yourself in any patient’s shoes, what would be most important to you? Besides things like clean, comfortable surroundings, or a location close to home, my top two would be:
- Confidence in those rendering care.
- Confidence in my treatment and its safe delivery.
RxWORKFLOW for IV Safety™ was created to help infusion centers provide these important benefits to their patients.
RxWORKFLOW for IV Safety™ provides a collection of user-friendly drug specific monographs with interactive reference, tools, and training designed specifically for clinicians who prepare and administer IV medications.
In every RxWORKFLOW for IV Safety™, the interactive reference (drug information) is organized in a simplified, concise format, giving any nurse the ability to find what they are looking for, within just a click or two. We include only the most important information that is commonly needed and format it for easy access.
There is a lot of information available out there, often it can feel like you are “drinking from a fire hose”, especially when it comes to drug information. If you aren’t providing concise up-to-date supporting information for your staff, how can you know where they are getting it? Clinicians often need to make critical decisions very quickly. Easy access to accurate reference can improve efficiency and staff confidence. It also eliminates guesswork based on potentially incorrect or out-of-date information.
We have also included tools in every RxWORKFLOW for IV Safety™ monograph including RxQuickCALC™, RxCALC™, and RxDoseCHECK™ to provide consistency and minimize the potential for errors in drug preparation and administration. The tools provide step-by-step instructions and are always what clinicians need for that specific drug. They establish a standardized process for preparation and administration, getting every nurse on the same page, and helping to instill best practices.
Not having support tools or an established process in place for preparation and administration tends to make clinicians inefficient and prone to error, especially when they haven’t performed a particular task in some time. It’s easy to forget or get mixed up—How does this go? Is there a filter on this? Can I use D5W as a diluent? Providing support tools can minimize mistakes and set the standard of practice for ensuring positive patient outcomes.
Also included in every RxWORKFLOW for IV Safety™, Integrated Competency Checks, quick on the spot quizzes, allow clinicians to test their understanding of the key elements of the drug information. We designed the quizzes to be learning tools by providing immediate and thorough feedback to the clinician.
With knowledge comes a sense of confidence that is palpable. For a patient, being treated by a confident caregiver who they trust can provide:
- Increased confidence in their treatment
- Increased confidence in the staff and organization
- Satisfaction that they chose their caregivers correctly
- Reduction in potential for treatment failures
- Lowered potential for side effects
Many of the highest risk medications are delivered by IV infusion. In fact, 61 percent of the most serious and life-threatening potential adverse drug events are IV drug related.1 IV drug administration often results in the most serious outcomes of medication errors.2
Many patient safety and professional organizations now strongly recommend IV preparation and administration process standardization especially for vulnerable populations or high-risk drugs. Standardization and training become even more critical when you combine multiple drugs, staff members, and/or clinic locations.
In the Chronic Care Infusion setting, it is especially important to establish consistency and make sure the dose is appropriate for the patient weight or age range. Often, the person preparing or administering a medication may have limited experience or the drug may have complex requirements, be high-risk or expensive.
RxWORKFLOW for IV Safety™ gives every clinician the information and ability to safely prepare and administer any drug in our library with confidence.
RxWORKFLOW for IV Safety™ makes it easy to provide drug-specific support for your staff including standardized reference, tools, and training. By doing so, your practice can reap the many benefits: minimize the risk for errors, increase patient and caregiver safety, provide cost savings, establish best practices, and of course, increase both patient and caregiver confidence.
[1–2]: http://www.hqinstitute.org/highriskmed (sdpsc_safe_administration_of_high-risk_iv_medication.pdf): Communication with D.W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc. of Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, October, 2001.  Hicks, RW, Cousins, DD, Williams, RL. (2003). Summary of Information Submitted to MEDMARX® in the Year 2002. The Quest for Quality. Rockville, MD: USP Center for the Advancement of Patient Safety.