Setting hard limits for intermittent infusions on the smart pump 

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Setting hard limits for intermittent infusions on the smart pump 

Hi all,  

We are in the process of updating the limits within our smart pump drug library, and I am curious what other institutions are doing to define hard limits.  

What is your approach to setting hard limits in the drug library for intermittent infusions? Specifically inquiring about hard minimum duration limits and hard maximum dosing limits. Do you use a percentage-based rule? For example: Maximum dose for cefepime is 2000mg and establishing a hard maximum dose in the drug library would be 3000mg if using 50%.  

For context, we use Epic and are interoperable with BD Alaris smart infusion pumps.

Kristen Hughes, PharmD, BCPS, CPPS
Clinical Pharmacist, Medication Safety and Informatics
Division of Pharmaceutical Services
Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105
Phone: 901-864-7878
Email: kristen.hughes@stjude.org