Costing services: Comparing three iv medication systems

Karen Baker, Christine B. Evans, Tina Tiburzi, Marie T. Nolan, Gary L. Frost, Patricia Kokoski, David M. Arrington

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Three methods of intermittent intravenous (IV) medication delivery were studied for evidence of cost effectiveness. Eighty-five patients receiving antibiotics on two general medicine units were examined over an eight-week period. Chi square analysis revealed no significant differences in the number of IVcomplications among the three delivery systems. ANOVA revealed no significant differences among the three systems. A cost savings of $99.70per patient using the Bard system and $98.60 using theBD system was realized. Thirty-six (88%) of the nurses preferred a syringe pump system, 10patients showed no strong preference for any of the methods, and the two pharmacists preferred a syringe deliver)' system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)56-60
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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