Mayo University Hospital (MUH) has worked with Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) to introduce use of the CHI paediatric smart pump system to the hospital.
A smart pump is an infusion device which uses specific software and a drug library to deliver carefully controlled amounts of medication to a patient through a drip.
This system for medication delivery is designed to reduce errors and standardise how medications are prepared and delivered.
Use of the CHI smart pump drug library provides a very safe system for delivery of high risk medications to sick infants and children and is the new standard of care in Ireland.
MUH is the first hospital outside of CHI or specialised neonatal services to use this technology for children in hospital.
The availability of the smart pump system in Mayo University Hospital will also ensure that the sickest paediatric patients who need to travel to one of the paediatric intensive care units in CHI have uninterrupted delivery of medication while in transit and when they arrive in CHI.