BD Optima Infusion Clamps

Matthew T. Beaulac's picture


Interested in hearing if any sites which utilize BD Optima for home infusions, have encountered issues with their Infusion Clamps (N35-0, N40-0).

We’ve encountered situations where the clamp can be placed backwards, which can then force separation between injector and connector, and results in the pump not running correctly. We’ve engaged BD Carefusion on this topic, but would appreciate hearing from other sites if you’ve experienced this challenge as well.

Thank you,


BD Alaris Primary IV Tubing Malfunction

Danielle Pray's picture


Has anyone encountered a malfunction in the primary IV tubing with the secondary IVPB backglowing into the primary tubing and solution.

Here's what we know.

- 4 occurence with chemo agents

- The RNs had the primary set up, attached the secondary (primary tubing was in the pump but pump turned off). When the secondary was unclamped the medication from the secondary back flowed (past the back flow check valve) and into the primary solution rather quickly.

The secondary bag was higher than the primary.

Pyxis Not Displaying Suffix (Jr./Sr.) for Nursing

Matthew T. Beaulac's picture



We recently had a near miss event at our institution where 2 patients with the same name (one Jr, one Sr.) almost received medications intended for the other patient.

Upon review, one of the gaps we identified was that the patient suffix does not display for nurses on Pyxis ES console. According to our BD Carefusion representative, the patient suffix information is transmitted over to Pyxis, but is information only and cannot be displayed for nursing at the console.

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