Nursing Attitudes and Perceived Causes of IV Pump Workarounds

The Problem

While workarounds are a common part of any work environment, they can signal larger process issues that need to be addressed. In the case of IV pumps, nurses are on the front lines of using the pumps but are rarely involved in the process of developing or installing the pumps. Smart IV pumps should provide additional patient safety benefits; however, if nurses are having difficulties and need to use workarounds, these benefits may not be being realized.


  1. Establish a list of potential causes of workarounds.
  2. Examine potential methods of perpetuating workarounds through the workplace.


An anonymous online survey was conducted. Sample size is approximately 800 nurses across all three institutions. The survey used a variety of question formats, including open-ended, dichotomous, and Likert scale.

Potential Impact

If workaround causes can be identified, changes may be able to be made to avoid the need for disruptive workarounds, potentially increasing the likelihood that nurses would use the pumps and their safety features more.

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