FORT SMITH – Mercy Health has announced that they will begin making some needed equipment upgrades later this week.

According to an announcement, the Fort Smith hospital will replace some 1,389 Alaris intravenous pump units across the board at their facilities.

“The new pumps, used in the care of virtually every hospital patient, will have upgraded software that will allow nurses to link the pump directly to a patient’s electronic health record.” said Mercy spokesman Todd Nighswonger. “The upgrade will decrease the time it takes to program a pump by approximately 75 percent, saving more time for hands-on patient care. It also will decrease potential pump programming errors and improve the accuracy of documentation.”

Installation of the upgraded equipment will begin on Friday.



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