Baxter International Inc., a leader in innovative technology for medication delivery, announced the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance of the Spectrum IQ Infusion System with Dose IQ Safety Software. The Spectrum IQ system is the first-of-its-kind designed specifically for bi-directional electronic medical records (EMR) integration with new exclusive features to help ensure the correct medications and fluids are delivered to the patient. The Spectrum IQ system also builds upon proven Spectrum infusion pump technology and Baxter’s comprehensive approach to patient safety to help make drug library compliance, protection for high-risk infusions and auto-programming more consistently achievable for health systems.
“EMR integration is an important step in making infusions safer, which is why Baxter designed the Spectrum IQ system with features that simplify EMR integration and help customers overcome EMR integration adoption barriers,” said Scott Luce, general manager, US Hospital Products, Baxter. “These features set a new standard for medication administration, helping enhance both patient safety and clinician efficiency.” The Spectrum IQ system provides the broadest range of auto-programming workflows and feature sets as well as embedded on-screen barcode technology that helps eliminate the need for a sticker barcode and provides clinicians with scan prompts to help maintain or increase auto-programming compliance and automatically document infusion data into the EMR. In addition, the Spectrum IQ pump is the only infusion pump to feature Line Check Notification technology that supports line management by providing a visual notification matching the infusion pump and the medication being infused.
For the Spectrum IQ Infusion System, Baxter has partnered with First Databank (FDB) to integrate FDB Infusion Knowledge—an evidence-based library of IV medications—into Dose IQ Safety Software to help make delivery of infusions safer. FDB, a leading provider of drug and medical device knowledge, supports healthcare professionals in making informed decisions at the point of care, intended to improve the quality of patient care. “Creating and maintaining drug libraries used for configuring smart pumps requires substantial research and development time,” said Charles Tuchinda, MD, MBA, president, FDB. “Dose IQ Safety Software powered by FDB Infusion Knowledge helps save time by providing a knowledge base of suggested infusion parameters for the Spectrum IQ Infusion System, including dose limits, concentrations and durations. Integrating evidence-based practices into the clinical workflow helps facilitate improved patient safety, expedited drug library creation and efficient deployment and implementation of the Spectrum IQ pump, which helps protect more infusions.”
The Spectrum IQ pump also includes leading features designed to help drive the highest levels of drug library compliance in the industry, such as automatically defaulting to the installed drug library without requiring clinicians to take extra steps to utilize the safety features and wireless drug library updates without interrupting clinical workflow. Baxter’s Spectrum systems—including the Spectrum IQ system—are the only infusion pumps with a built-in Dose/Rate Change Error Prevention Feature, which helps clinicians protect high-risk infusions during titrations, and helps allow pharmacists to customize dose change limits for individual drugs. Other key features designed to facilitate increased hospital efficiency include: