Hospira announces first installation of Plum 360 infusion pump

by Lauren Dubinsky, Senior Reporter | August 27, 2015
Emergency Medicine Population Health Risk Management
Hospira's Plum 360 infusion system
with Hospira MedNet
After receiving FDA approval in January, Hospira's wireless-capable Plum 360 infusion system with Hospira MedNet has undergone its first installation at Shannon Medical Center in Texas.

“The Plum 360 infusion system was designed with close attention to the clinical needs of our customers," Julie Ferguson, Hospira spokeswoman, told HCB News. "Its advanced features address challenges that hospitals face daily as they work to improve the safety of IV medication administration."

Adverse drug events account for almost 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations every year, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Hospitals are challenged with the task to prevent that.

The Plum 360 system has a secondary line that connects directly to the PlumSet cassette and enables the pump to be programmed with two compatible medications that can be delivered at the same time or one after another. The secondary line that travels through channel B of the pump, also integrates with the EMR systems through Hospira’s IV-EMR interoperability solution.

The Hospira MedNet includes an expanded drug library to set safety limits for more medications across more clinical care areas. The system also has no remote command execution and provides better protection of the communication ports and support for 128-bit SSL encryption of all data that is transmitted to and from Hospital MedNet version 6.1.

The Hospira MedNet version 6.1 features a new capability called Alarm Forwarding, which forwards the IV device alarm data to EMR and alarm management systems. It can help improve a hospital’s alarm management policies by automating pump alarm notifications.

The software also enables automated programming of the infusion pump and auto-documentation of the IV data to the EMR.

The Plum 360 infusion system with Hospira MedNet is a new addition to the company’s medication management portfolio. The portfolio also includes the Sapphire ambulatory infusion system and the LifeCare PCA pain management pump with Hospira MedNet.

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