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NICU alaris pump and weights

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by lauren2020 lauren2020 (New) New Nurse

Specializes in NICU.

Hey guys,

During one of my shifts last week I administered caffeine via IV over an Alaris pump. I entered the patient's weight. But, later, I second guessed if I entered the weight right. For reference, 8.8 kg vs .88kg. I have not had a baby that has weighed less than 1000 grams, hence why I am second guessing if I entered it correctly.

My question is, do Alaris pumps catch weight errors? Would it have alerted me if I was entering a weight with a dose that didn't make sense.

I am 99.9% sure I entered the weight correctly, this is just for my own peace of mind.

Lauren

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

On 12/10/2019 at 7:37 PM, lauren2020 said:

For reference, 8.8 kg vs .88kg. I have not had a baby that has weighed less than 1000 grams, hence why I am second guessing if I entered it correctly.

We have weight based dosage perimeters set into the pumps. If you enter the weight incorrectly, it will give you an out of range warning message once you enter the mg and the volume into the pump.