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Prioritizing patient safety: analysis of the procurement process of infusion pumps in Spain

Abstract: To understand whether patient safety and human factors are considered in healthcare technology procurement, we analyzed the case of infusion pumps as their use critically affects patient safety. We reviewed infusion pump procurements in the Spanish Public Sector Procurement Database. Sixty-three batches in 29 tenders for supplying 12.224 volumetric and syringe infusion pumps and consumables for an overall budget of EUR 30.4 M were identified and reviewed. Concepts related to "ease of use" were identified in the selection requirements of 35 (55.6%) batches, as part of the criteria for the selection of pumps in 23 (36.5%) batches, related to "intuitiveness" in the selection requirements of 35 (55.6%) batches, and in the criteria in 10 (15.9%) batches. No method to evaluate the ease of use, intuitiveness, or usability was mentioned. A review of the procurement teams responsible for the evaluation of the tenders showed no reported human factors or patient safety expertise. We conclude that infusion pump procurement considers usability as a relevant criterion for selection. However, no human factor experts nor specific methods for evaluation of the technology in this field are usually defined. Potential room for refining the selection of healthcare technology to improve patient safety is detected.

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 Autoría: Herrero L., Sánchez-Santiago B., Cano M., Sancibrian R., Ratwani R., Peralta G.,

 Fuente: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2023, 20(24), 7179

Editorial: MDPI

 Fecha de publicación: 01/12/2023

Nº de páginas: 10

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.3390/ijerph20247179

ISSN: 1661-7827,1660-4601