Hospital Upgrades Patient Medication Delivery Technology

State-of-the-Art Equipment Adds New Measure of Patient Safety

FORT BRAGG, Calif. – April 5, 2010 – New state-of-the-art, patient-controlled analgesia pumps have been installed throughout Mendocino Coast Hospital, adding a new measure of patient safety, announced Lois Leister, the hospital pharmacist who led the project.

Purchased by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation with money raised at its annual WineSong! benefit, the four Hospira LifeCare PCA devices have built-in MedNet® software that Hospira says “helps medical staff to minimize errors, adhere to the best clinical practices, maintain continuity of care standards and fully utilize infusion devices.”

“These new drug delivery systems add an additional level of patient safety at the bedside by giving the nurses safety alerts when programming them for pain medication according to physician orders,” explained Leister.

The hospital’s board of directors approved the purchase in the fall of 2009. Implementation, which included set up and staff training, was completed on the March 10 of this year.

According to Leister, the implementation of the updated pumps was coordinated across many departments within the hospital, including Information Technology, BioMed Engineering, Anesthesiology, Purchasing, Pharmacy and Nursing.

“The upgrade to our medication delivery systems represents the best practice available in healthcare for pain management,” said Leister. “It’s one more way we are working to insure the safety of every patient.”

Mendocino Coast District Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital offering a wide range of services including 24-hour emergency care, a wellness center, minimally-invasive orthopedic surgery, laboratory, rehabilitation and primary care services. For more information, visit