Hospira, a Pfizer company and a provider of infusion technologies, announced the launch of the LifeCare PCA 7.0 Infusion System.
As the first patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) infusion pump to offer electronic medical record (EMR) integration (also known as I.V.-EMR interoperability), LifeCare PCA 7.0 is a next-generation infusion system. It enables device auto-programming and streamlines documentation of infusion data to help improve the safety and efficiency of pain management medication administration.
It is the first and only PCA pump with integrated bar code identification of prefilled and pharmacy-filled drug vials, substantially eliminating the potential for drug and concentration errors at the bedside. Medication errors affect 1.5 million people and cost $21 billion annually, and the EMR integration and bar-code technology help give health care providers confidence that the right drug is being administered to the patient at the right dose and in the right concentration.
The LifeCare PCA 7.0 system has been granted clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with enhanced cybersecurity protections. It features new security options, which encompass:
- Hospital-configured device passwords and enhanced protection of customer network security settings, helping to prevent unauthorized access,
- Automatic detection and closure of unused network communications ports, limiting remote access points to the device and network,
- Updated communications engine technology, including removal of telnet service, thereby eliminating remote administrator, or root access, to the pump and
- Through Hospira MedNet v6.1 next-generation safety software, new alarm-forwarding functionality.
In support of Hospira’s global device strategy to deliver new technologies, this marks the fourth Hospira infusion system product launch in the last 24 months. The new LifeCare PCA 7.0 device debuted at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in New Orleans.
For Pennsylvania-based Lancaster General Health—a pioneer in infusion pump integration—integrating the LifeCare PCA 7.0 to the hospital EMR is the next evolution in their medication safety platform.
The new LifeCare PCA 7.0 device is available for customers to order. Launching the first hospital PCA device in the industry more than 30 years ago, Hospira revolutionized pain management therapy as a PCA technology innovator. According to the KLAS report, “Smart Pump/EMR Integration,” the company has implemented integrated EMR technology at more hospitals than all other infusion pump providers combined, and with more major EMR platforms than any other company.