Smiths announced today that they received 510(k) clearance for their new medication safety software for
programming pain management infusion pumps (press release).

The CADD-Sentry Pro™
Medication Safety Software reduces the risk of errors by enabling
medical professionals to enter standardized pain therapy protocols onto
a secure database on the hospital computer network and then download
them into a pump. Previously clinicians have had to program each pump

The software has two applications: the Administrator software which
enters, manages and stores therapy protocols in a secure database on the
hospital computer network and the Point of Care software which accesses
and downloads the protocols into a CADDPrizmm®
PCS II ambulatory infusion pump.

The Point of Care software incorporates additional safety features,
including bar code verification to ensure the patient receives the right
medication and another verification feature that ensures a second nurse
reviews the pump program before starting an infusion.

Smiths is the latest in a string of pump vendors who have followed the trail blazed by Alaris in 2001 - not much progress has been made by smart pump vendors since. Alaris is still the only infusion pump vendor with integrated connectivity and the ability to establish and display patient context (the patient's name and ID) on the device. All the other "smart" pumps currently have a WiFi radio module attached to the back of the pump that is plugged into the RS-232 port. All of the smart infusion pumps on the market have some serious limitations, and those limitations are in direct relation to how long they've been on the market.

Many of the infusion pump vendors will be at HIMSS next month - Cardinal, Hospira, Baxter, B Braun - and I'll be curious to see what progress they've made in meeting market requirements.

Pictured right is Smiths' CADD-Sentry Pro solution.