Elimination of secondary infusions

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Kara Thornton
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Elimination of secondary infusions

We have had a significant uptick in one of our ICUs around RNs forgetting to open the roller clamp on intermittent infusions, resulting in missed doses. Their proposed solution is to run everything as a primary infusion, noting that "some facilities have stopped running intermittent infusions via secondary tubing due to med errors and delays in med therapies."
This would greatly increase their need for pump channels, and I don't know that we can support that in current state.

My question is: Have some facilities actually stopped using secondary infusions? If so, can you share the size of your hospital?

Thank you!
Kara Thornton, UVA Health