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Improving infusion device safety: NPSA toolkit

Reference number
1299
Issue date20 May 2004
TypeToolkit

The purpose of this safer practice solution is to reduce the number of patient deaths, and incidents causing patient harm, associated with infusion device use.


The NPSA recommends that clinical governance leads identify a senior member of staff, such as the head of clinical/medical engineering, to coordinate the review.

The resources below include:

  • Baseline assessment and decision-making guidance (purchasing toolkit);
  • Questionnaire which helps evaluate the usability of a particular type of infusion device prior to purchase;
  • Advice on developing a centralised equipment library;
  • Spreadsheet for carrying out an economic appraisal to establish potential cost benefits;
  • Evaluation of the NPSA pilot study;
  • Patient information tested in the pilot sites, for including in patient publications;
  • Frequently asked questions.

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The resources below were previously hosted by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA.

 


 

Infusion device project: Safer practice solution
Infusion device project: Safer practice solution - 47 KB The pack includes a step by step guide to using the solutions toolkit and an action plan intended to help trusts progress through the steps. Each step helps trusts to focus on specific issues relating to purchasing, managing and using infusion devices.
Step-by-step guide to using the solutions toolkit
Step-by-step guide to using the solutions toolkit - 172 KB This guide suggests a step-by-step approach to using the solutions toolkit. Each step assists Trusts to focus on specific issues relating to purchasing, managing and using infusion devices. As you progress through the steps you will build a solid foundation that improves purchasing decision making, establishes standardisation and scopes the potential for developing a centralised equipment facility.
Infusion devices: Action Plan
Infusion devices: Action Plan - 169 KB An action plan intended to help trusts progress through the steps. Each step helps trusts to focus on specific issues relating to purchasing, managing and using infusion devices.
Infusion Device Purchasing Toolkit
Infusion Device Purchasing Toolkit - 243 KB The purchasing toolkit includes baseline assessments 1 and 2 and signposts the infusion device usability evaluation questionnaire. The baseline assessments promote objective purchasing and help trusts review their existing infusion device stock.
Baseline Assessment 1: Purchasing toolkit
Baseline Assessment 1: Purchasing toolkit - 32 KB To examine the decision making system currently used to manage the purchasing process within an organisation. To establish areas of decision making strength and weakness and provide a basis for an action plan to improve the system
Baseline assessment 2: Purchasing toolkit
Baseline assessment 2: Purchasing toolkit - 34 KB To establish data that can provide an evaluation benchmark against which the impact of solutions can be measured. Questioning will cover areas including infusion device stock, device range, maintenance, incidents review (risk management) and cost. Baseline must be determined prior to solutions implementation.
Centralisation advice
Centralisation advice - 237 KB The centralisation advice is a guide to developing a business case for an equipment library. The example business case can be adapted by trusts for their own use.
Infusion device project: example business case
Infusion device project: example business case - 253 KB The centralisation advice is a guide to developing a business case for an equipment library. The example business case can be adapted by trusts for their own use.
Equipment library spreadsheet
Equipment library spreadsheet - 81 KB The spreadsheet is an example sheet for the fictional trust in the example business case to demonstrate the financial benefits and set up costs of developing an equipment library.
Economic appraisal indicator
Economic appraisal indicator - 44 KB Supporting information – based on Department of Health advice Explanatory notes and spreadsheet to help trusts demonstrate the financial benefits and set up costs of developing an equipment library in their own trust.
Economic appraisal indicator: explanatory notes
Economic appraisal indicator: explanatory notes - 184 KB Supporting information – based on Department of Health advice Explanatory notes and spreadsheet to help trusts demonstrate the financial benefits and set up costs of developing an equipment library in their own trust.
Infusion devices: Patient information leaflet
Infusion devices: Patient information leaflet - 72 KB The patient information leaflet has been developed in consultation with patients and is intended to help staff inform patients and their carers about infusion therapy.
Summary Evaluation report
Summary Evaluation report - 47 KB A summary report on the evaluation of findings from the NPSA’s infusion device pilot project work.
Full evaluation report
Full evaluation report - 616 KB The full report on the evaluation of findings from the NPSA’s infusion device pilot project work.
FAQ Infusion device solutions toolkit
FAQ Infusion device solutions toolkit - 203 KB Frequently asked questions on infusion devices, the NPSA’s infusion device project and the infusion device toolkit.