New Safety Management, Software Updates for Infusion System

JANUARY 02, 2017

At the recently-held American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 2016 Midyear Meeting, officials with Baxter International Inc. announced the launch of the Sigma Spectrum Safety Management System, which adds features designed to help minimize infusion programming risks.

The first feature is Baxter’s Infusion Analytics application, a software solution that provides advanced infusion data analysis and graphical reporting to help identify potential pump programming errors. The second is a suite of Remote Professional Services that offers 24/7 service and technical support along with regular cybersecurity monitoring and reporting.

These updates join existing Sigma Spectrum features including the Master Drug Library (MDL) and Gateway. The MDL allows users to create and customize a list of medications and fluids within medically-appropriate dose ranges to guide safe programming, avoiding mistakes before they reach the patient. The Gateway is a web-based tool to publish drug libraries to the infusion pump fleet and view Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) data. Baxter is also collaborating with Omnicell® to include an initial integration with Omnicell’s Performance Center software, creating an efficient workflow for the pharmacy to access and review both infusion and medication data in one place.

Sigma Spectrum also includes features like integration with electronic medical record (EMR) systems—including Cerner® and Epic®—to help streamline clinical workflow and improve accuracy of IV infusion documentation.