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    Chris Elston

    Good afternoon,

    We are now being informed that there may be a shortage of IV pumps in the Trust and procurement are looking at the possibility of getting additional pumps. The pumps we are being offered are different to the ones we currently use and lack DERS. We use DERS in all clinical areas and many of our newly qualified staff and redeployed staff appreciate the benefits of DERS.

    I feel that in the current climate introducing new pumps that nobody in the Trust has experience of, uses a different method of operation and does not have DERS is a huge clinical risk. Does anyone else have experience of this type of scenario and how are you managing the risk.

    This could result in re-training all IV competent practitioners in these new pumps, approx. 2500 staff members, so a large undertaking.

    Any help and advice appreciated

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