Standardising Intravenous Infusion Concentrations in Children in the UK

Impact: Technological impacts, Health and wellbeing

Narrative

The way nurses make up infusions for children in hospital is historically based on the patients weight, resulting in complicated infusion calculations and methods for making them up. These are fraught with inaccuracy and there have been multiple patient harm events associated with calculation errors and incorrect preparation.

The use of standardised concentrations could improve the accuracy of these solutions, facilitate simpler prescription and support the implementation of technology to ensure appropriate administration. This is a massive culture change in the the care of children and young people

Category of impact

  • Technological impacts
  • Health and wellbeing