Making SMART infusion pumps SMARTER

Dianne Burnett, Pharmacy Site Manager; Stephen Farrington, Medical Device Coordinator; Chris Hopkins, Head of Clinical Engineering

Industry partner: Bbraun Medical Ltd

Hywel Dda University Health Board


Hywel Dda University Health Board use SMART intravenous infusion pumps which include a drug library of pre-programmed infusion limits. This library reduces the risk of infusing medicines too quickly or at too high a dose.

The pumps also store data from each infusion which enables medicines safety colleagues to identify areas which need additional training to improve infusion safety.

This project has enabled the purchase of a number of ‘Wi-Fi’ batteries which connect the pumps to the health board IT network to automatically update the drug library and access the stored data for analysis and drive improvements locally and across Wales.

Project Aims

To explore the benefits of connecting infusion pumps to the health board network by asking some simple questions:


Drug library usage chart
Image: The impact of COVID-19 on drug library usage

Key Outcomes

Drug information equipment
Image: The technology can be used as a risk reduction strategy for errors

Next Steps

With the arrival of COVID-19, all health boards in Wales have adopted a sharing culture. This has allowed us to increase our number of Wi-Fi enabled pumps. We will deploy these extra pumps to Critical Care where we can demonstrate instant changes to the DL.

During COVID-19, there have been huge challenges with the procurement of critical care drugs. Across Wales there is a drive to standardise concentrations of certain drugs, preserve the supply chain and reduce waste e.g. noradrenaline. The technology will enable us to update the DL instantly to reflect these changes during this unprecedented time.

Our Exemplar Experience

Being a Bevan Exemplar has made us realise that anything is possible even when resources are tight!

Team Feedback

“The Bevan Exemplar programme has allowed us to start our project which before seemed unachievable because of financial barriers.”


“Data without information is futile! The Bevan Exemplar programme has allowed us to capture considerable amounts of data and turn it into something powerful for our patients.”






Bevan Exemplar Innovation Showcase: December 2020