Jan Tarble Provides a Gift for Patient Safety

August 01, 2014
Jan Tarble (left) and Katherine McKay
Health Center benefactors Jan Tarble (left) and Katherine McKay view an Alaris pump.
A recent $1.5 million donation from the Tarble Foundation has allowed the hospital to update its infusion pumps. These pumps, which can be found throughout the hospital, deliver fluids and medications to patients. They're also used during surgery to dispense anesthesia.

The system was installed in October and has met with high praise from the hospital staff. Several nurses and administrators demonstrated the technology to Jan Tarble, who oversees the Tarble Foundation, and expressed their personal gratitude for the gift.

When Jan learned of the need for infusion pumps, she didn't hesitate to help. The daughter of Pat and Newt Tarble, Jan has been devoted to her parents' legacy, making gifts from the Tarble Foundation to advance medical care at Saint John's Health Center – including providing funding for the hospital's beautiful atrium, named the Tarble Atrium after her parents.

The CareFusion Alaris Pump is a top-of-the-line system that uses smart technology to ensure patients are infused with the correct medications at the right doses. Safeguards in the system identify and correct any potential human error.

"We call it the Smart Pump," says Mala Reich, RN, clinical educator of critical care. "It's all about patient safety. This pump has pre-set medications and medication limits. If something is input incorrectly, we'll know it. It's easy to use and intuitive." The Tarble Foundation gift made it possible to order 388 large volume infusion pumps, 221 computer hard drives that provide the system's smart functions and 288 IV poles. The hospital also purchased 20 syringe pumps, smaller-volume pumps that are used in the neonatal intensive care unit. Fifteen more pumps have been ordered for the operating room suites.

Besides improving safety, the new pumps have brought improved efficiency to nursing. Every nurse, as well as anesthesiologists, received training on operating the pumps, which are much quieter than the old infusion pumps.