Relocating IV Pumps for Critically Ill Isolated Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients from Bedside to Outside the Patient Room

Ami G. Shah, Chris Taduran, Seana Friedman, Kimberly Sarosky, Mila Jones, Marcelina Victory-Stewart, Frederick Dunau, Meghan Liesenfeld, Darla Pasqualini, Sarah Mandel, Natalie Fiol, Samit Ghia, John D. Puskas, Himani V. Bhatt, Janet Shapiro, Matthew I. Tomey, Mekeleya Yimen

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Abstract

Objectives: Discuss advantages and disadvantages of relocating IV pumps for coronavirus disease 2019 patients from bedside to outside the patient room and characterize reproducible details of an external infusion pump model. Design: Brief report. Setting: ICUs at a single-center teaching hospital. Patients: Critically ill coronavirus disease 2019 patients under contact and special droplet precautions. Interventions: Relocation of IV pumps for coronavirus disease 2019 patients from bedside to outside the patient room using extension tubing. Measurements and Main Results: Infusion pumps secured to a rolling IV pole are moved immediately outside the patient room with extension tubing, reaching the patient through a closed door. It is anticipated that this practice may reduce unnecessary coronavirus disease 2019 exposure for healthcare professionals, reduce the consumption of personal protective equipment, and promote patient safety by limiting delays of donning personal protective equipment to initiate or adjust medications. Conclusions: Risks of situating IV pumps outside the patient room must be carefully weighed against the benefits. Relocation of IV pumps outside the patient room may be considered given shortages of personal protective equipment and high risk of healthcare professional exposure. Institutional review-Approved studies investigating the measured impact on decreased exposure, personal protective equipment usage, and patient safety are required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E0168
JournalCritical Care Explorations
Volume2
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • coronavirus
  • coronavirus disease 2019
  • infusion
  • personal protective equipment
  • pumps
  • relocation

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