Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) has organized and formed the National Coalition for Infusion Therapy Safety to address the ongoing patient-safety issues identified in the AAMI/FDA Infusion Device Summit. The two-year initiative has the following goals:
- To bring together pioneering hospitals, researchers, professional societies, industry, and other national leaders in infusion safety to agree upon evidence-based solutions to several key issues contributing to poor patient outcomes with infusion therapy.
- To promote those solutions nationwide through a variety of modalities and via a range of educational materials.
The coalition is taking a phased approach to address the priority issues. The initial phase was a coalition kickoff event in March 2015 where key stakeholders (hospitals, patient advocates, national organizations and societies, regulators, and industry partners) gathered to build consensus and share knowledge. The second phase is to create multimedia campaigns to disseminate knowledge. Deliverables from phase 1 include conference proceedings, and phase 2 deliverables will be webinars, publications, event-based outreach, and web-based directories.
The expectation is that data-driven results and strategies to overcome lack of compliance with drug libraries and the creation of educational materials for administering multiple-line infusions will improve patient safety.
The Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering (RCHE) has two roles in the coalition. The first role is as a thought leader in compliance with drug libraries. The Infusion Pump Informatics community is a rich source of knowledge and best practices for improving drug-library compliance. In the second role, RCHE provides project management for phase 2.