Infusion Therapy Facts Focus on safety

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Increasing your safety - because you are worth it

Infusion therapy is an irreplaceable and often lifesaving part of treatment. However, some process steps within infusion therapy are not without risks. In line with our promise of sharing expertise, B. Braun aims to increase awareness of the inherent risks of infusion therapy. Based on clinical evidence and with continual information- sharing with partners and customers, we develop solutions to help avoid the most common risks in infusion therapy and reveal strategies to mitigate them effectively.

Learn more about how safety practices contribute to safer and more efficient workflows.

Risks in Infusion Therapy

1.4 million

people worldwide suffer from infectious complications associated with health care.1 As patients in hospitals, especially those on the ICU, are very vulnerable, nosocomial infections are one of the leading causes of death.2
To minimize the risk of microbiological contamination, B. Braun offers safety devices featuring effective barriers for microbiological contamination.

1 error / patient / day

The Institute of Medicine estimated that in hospitals “a typical patient would be subject to one administration MEDICATION ERROR per day.”3 In the ICU those errors represent a high priority healthcare issue. To increase medication safety, our infusion pump systems are available with a medication database.

€ 922,000

 these are the calculated costs in the case of a transferred blood-borne disease after a needlestick injury. With our wide range of devices enabling needle-free access and continuous evolution of our safety IV catheters we help caregivers to increase their safety.4


1. World Health Organization. WHO guidelines on hand hygiene in health care (advanced draft): a summary. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2005

2. Gastmeier P, Geffers C, Brandt C, Zuschneid I, Sohr D, Schwab F, Behnke M, Daschner F, Rüden H. Effectiveness of a nationwide nosocomial infection surveillance system for reducing nosocomial infections. J Hosp Infect. 2006 Sep; 64(1): 16-22

3. Institute of Medicine (2007) Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; p. 111 

4. National Health Service for Scotland (NHS Scotland). Needlestick Injuries: Sharpen Your Awareness. Report of the Short Life Working Group on Needlestick Injuries in the NHS Scotland. Edinburgh: National Health Services for Scotland:2001