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Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota becomes first pediatric hospital in U.S. to develop interoperability between infusion pumps and electronic medical records

First-of-its-kind medication management system increases patient safety and streamlines IV medication management

Minneapolis, Minn. – (May 8, 2013) – Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota announced it has successfully implemented a new automated system which is significantly reducing medication errors by wirelessly transmitting data between patients' infusion pumps and electronic medical records (EMR).

Children's partnered with medical technology company, CareFusion Corp., and EMR provider, Cerner, to create the new wireless system. Now, when a nurse scans barcodes on patients' wristbands, medications, and infusion pumps, this closed-loop medication administration system wirelessly transmits doctors' medication orders from patients' EMRs directly to their smart pump to pre-program infusions. Then, after a patient's nurse reviews and confirms the smart pump programming, medication is delivered intravenously to the patient.

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22nd annual Children’s Star Gala nets more than $2.2 million to support the care of moms and babies

Children's signature event has raised more than $15 million since its inception in 1992

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Minneapolis campus update

Earlier this morning there was a fire at the Chicago Deli, a business that neighbors our Minneapolis campus. There was no damage to our facilities and, most importantly, no Children's patients, families or staff were harmed. The smoke did impact our facilities closest to the Chicago Deli. Infection prevention and environmental services are working together to monitor air quality and clean and assess rooms and equipment affected by smoke and residue.

All areas of the Minneapolis hospital and Emergency Department are open, with the exception of elective surgery and radiology which have been postponed or redirected for the day. Areas within Children's Specialty Center will begin to re-open as air quality improves and as equipment and supplies are evaluated. Here is a current status of what areas are open.

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Follow-up to today's events at Children's – Minneapolis

We continue to clean and assess areas of the Children's – Minneapolis campus following a fire at the neighboring Chicago Deli earlier this morning. The majority of the hospital and Children's Specialty Center will be reopened by Friday morning, with business operating as usual. If anything changes, your clinical care team will make every effort to notify you in advance.

Thank you to our patients and families for your patience and understanding throughout the day's events. We will continue to share updates on this site and Facebook if there are further developments.

Chicago Deli fire update

There was a fire at the Chicago Deli, a business that neighbors our Minneapolis campus. There was no damage to our facilities and, most importantly, no Children's patients, families or staff were harmed. The smoke did impact our facilities closest to the Chicago Deli. Infection prevention and environmental services are working together to monitor air quality and have begun cleaning rooms and equipment affected by smoke and residue.

We have postponed all Minneapolis elective surgical, radiology and laboratory services for the day. All Minneapolis outpatient clinics are closed until noon today, but the emergency department remains open. We are making every effort to notify all impacted patient families. We will continue to share update on this site, and Facebook throughout the day.