An Interface for Reducing Errors in Intravenous Drug Administration

  • Frode Eika SandnesEmail author
  • Yo-Ping Huang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 260)


Input errors occur with drug infusion pumps when nurses or technicians incorrectly input the prescribed therapy through the control panel. Such number copying tasks are cognitively and visually demanding, errors are easily introduced and the process is often perceived as laborious. Stressful working conditions and poorly designed control panels will further add to the chance of error. An alternative scheme is proposed herein, termed intravenous prescription phrase, based on dictionary coding. Instead of copying number sequences the user copies sequences of familiar words such that the cognitive load on the user is reduced by a factor of five. The strategy is capable of detecting errors and is easy to implement.


Bolus Dose Parity Check Decimal Point Numeric Distance Input Error 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Information TechnologyOslo and Akershus University College of Applied SciencesOsloNorway
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringNational Taipei University of TechnologyTaipeiTaiwan, Republic of China

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