ASHP Symposia

Transforming Smart Infusion Pump Safety: Are You Ready?


Space is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Pre-registration is for planning purposes only and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 10:45 am.

Adoption of smart infusion pump technology has helped to minimize risks associated with the administration of intravenous medications; however, errors remain.  This program will assist organizations in their journey to close the gap on persistent IV medication infusion errors through adoption of best practices and the implementation of smart pump-electronic medical record (EMR) interoperability. Smart pump interoperability securely and seamlessly links the medication order directly to the infusion device, prepopulating infusion parameters contained in the medication order, thereby avoiding manual pump programming errors. Nursing efficiencies are also gained as a multi-step manual pump programming workflow is reduced.

This presentation will include a discussion of key safety recommendations from ISMP’s recent summit: Optimizing Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Infusion Pumps. Experienced practitioners will share an overview of the planning and implementation of smart pump interoperability in two different EHR systems. Discussion will focus on technology readiness, system challenges, and important lessons learned to assist participants in taking decisive steps in optimizing smart infusion pump safety.

Intended Audience:

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy Technicians

Learning Objectives:

Following completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify key preliminary recommendations following ISMP's May 2018 summit: Optimizing Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Infusion Pumps.
  2. Describe the components and advantages of smart infusion pump-EMR interoperability for the benefit of patient safety and workflow efficiency. 
  3. Outline the elements necessary for successful standardization of drug nomenclature and formulary adjustments in advance of interoperability. 
  4. Discuss challenges that hospitals may face after implementing smart infusion pump-EMR interoperability.
  5. Examine some of the strategies used during successful interoperability implementation.

Introduction and Overview: 

Michael R. Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD (hon), DPS (hon), FASHP, President, ISMP


ISMP Guidelines for Safe Implementation and Use of Smart Pumps

Michelle Mandrack, MSN, RN, Director of Consulting Services, ISMP

The Journey Towards Smart Pump Interoperability: Lessons Learned to Help You Prepare

Donald "Chip" Gerhart, RPh, Manager Clinical Pharmacy Informatics, WellSpan Health

Meeting the Challenges and Maximizing the Opportunities for Integration

Joanna Caranante, PharmD, BCPS, Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator and Residency Program Director, St. Joseph's Hospital


Anaheim Convention Center (ACC North)
Room 258, 200 Level



This activity is supported by BD.

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Food and beverages are not provided at Midday Symposia. This ASHP policy considers the varied internal policies of commercial supporters related to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. You are welcome to bring your lunch to the session.

CE Accreditation

This CE activity is jointly provided by ProCE, Inc. and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP). ProCE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. ACPE Universal Activity Number 0221-9999-18-375-L05-P/T   has been assigned to this knowledge-based live CE activity (initial release date December 4, 2018). This CE activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours (0.15 CEU) in states that recognize ACPE providers. This CE activity is provided at no cost to participants. Successful completion of the online post-test and evaluation at no later than January 4, 2019 is required to receive CE credit. CE credit will be automatically uploaded to NABP/CPE Monitor upon completion of the post-test and evaluation. No partial credit will be given. Conflict of interest disclosures are required of all faculty and shall be provided to all participants at the conference.


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