Predictive medication safety

  • US 9,741,001 B2
  • Filed: 03/13/2013
  • Issued: 08/22/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/18/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method, comprising:

  • receiving, by a monitoring system, a first identifier for a medication, a second identifier for a first course of action for administering the medication with an infusion pump, and a third identifier for a caregiver;

    obtaining, by a processor of the monitoring system, medication orders from a medical entity database;

    reviewing, by the processor, the medication orders based on the received identifiers;

    determining, by the processor, the caregiver'"'"'s level of waste for the medication based on a history of the medication being dispensed but never used by the caregiver;

    generating, by the processor, a second course of action based on the caregiver'"'"'s level of waste for the medication order to be dispensed;

    providing, by the processor via a communications module of the monitoring system, instructions to the infusion pump prior to implementation of the first course of action, wherein the instructions comprise instructions for the infusion pump to take the second course of action in place of the first course of action; and

    performing, by the infusion pump responsive to the instructions, the second course of action by (a) restricting operation of the infusion pump to perform the first course of action until appropriate authorization for performing the first course of action is received by the infusion pump from the caregiver, and (b) providing, with the infusion pump to the caregiver, a notification including a purpose for taking the second course of action based on the caregiver'"'"'s history of wasting the medication.

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