Patients often need several intravenous (IV) infusions through infusion pump at one time. Every day in Ontario, at least 2,000 patients require more than one IV line. While we all expect and strive for effective and safe care, we know sometimes caregivers make mistakes when more than one IV infusion is given at a time, resulting in patient harm, including death. These mistakes happen all over the province, not in any one clinical unit, hospital, or region.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews Multiple Intravenous Infusions
Smart infusion pump technology is now available, but the technology alone cannot reduce the many risks associated with giving more than one IV infusions at once. Improving safety requires a thorough understanding of the whole system.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care endorses this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The Ministry agrees with this recommendation and encourages health care professionals to adhere to it.