ARTICLESNurses' Risk Without Using Smart PumpsHarding, Andrew D. MS, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, FAHA; Connolly, Mark W. BA; Wilkerson, Timothy O. JD Author Information Author Affiliations: Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton, Massachusetts (Mr Harding); William & Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, Virginia (Mr Connolly); Massachusetts House of Representatives, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Wilkerson). Corresponding author: Andrew D. Harding, MS, RN, CEN, NEA-BC, FAHA ([email protected]). The authors received no funding and have no conflicts of interest related to this article known to report. JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation: January 2011 - Volume 13 - Issue 1 - p 17-20 doi: 10.1097/NHL.0b013e31820e0eb5 Buy Metrics Abstract Intravenous smart pump devices hold specific medications in electronic libraries. These libraries contain predetermined volumes with corresponding administration rate limits. Smart pumps prevent nurses from engaging in calculations under high-pressure situations and ensure that only therapies available to the nurse are administered to patients. When this technology is available and not utilized, litigation could be successful in finding fault on the nurse. Therefore, nurses should use the available smart pump technology every time when administering intravenous therapy. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.