Episode 63: May 27, 2020 - National Coalition for IV Push Safety: Every Patient. Every Dose. Always Safe.

National Coalition for IV Push Safety: Promoting safe practices for IV push medications by aligning practices, policies, procedures, and increasing practitioner awareness.

​Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE

Chief Nursing Officer, Visante Inc.

Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE, is the Chief Nursing Officer for Visante Inc., a medication management consulting firm. She has a long career in positions of progressive responsibility, both in nursing and hospital administration. Most recently, Maureen has served as Vice President of Quality, Safety, Risk, Accreditation, and Infection Control for Indiana University Health. As a consultant, she is thrilled to be able to focus her research, writing, and consulting on medication safety, especially when it involves IV push medications and drug diversion in healthcare. Ms. Burger obtained a master’s degree in Critical Care Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She is certified in Healthcare Quality and is recognized as a Fellow by the American College of Healthcare Executives. When she is not advocating for patients and safety, Maureen, and her husband breed and race thoroughbred horses. Maureen lives in Indianapolis, IN. 

Candy Cross, MSN-Ed, RN

Adjunct instructor, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

Candy Cross MSN-Ed, RN, has been practicing nursing for over 30 years and has maintained certification in critical care (CCRN) from the AACN for over 20 years. She graduated from Grand Canyon University with her Master’s in Nursing Education and has spent the last 12 years educating nurses. She has been an advocate for safe practice guidelines for intravenous push (IVP) medications for the past four years. In 2019, Candy and a small team of nurses from Arizona received a Cheers Award from the Institute of Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) for the work they did in Arizona to promote ISMP’s best practice Guidelines for IVP medication preparation and administration. Candy currently works as an Adjunct Clinical Educator. She also volunteers for Pawsitive Friendships, a non-profit organization that promotes pet therapy for special needs children. In addition, she volunteers for a local hospital’s Paws for Patients program, which promotes pet therapy for hospitalized patients. She is passionate about nursing education and promoting safe practice guidelines related to IVP medication administration. Candy is excited to see the work this National Coalition will do to promote patient safety. 

Host: Dawn Berndt, DNP, RN, CRNI® – INS Clinical Education & Publications Manager


• Maureen Burger MSN, RN, CPHQ, FACHE 
• Candy Cross, MSN-Ed, RN

The National Coalition for IV Push Safety is working to achieve adoption of best practice guidelines for IV push medications. Variation in practices, especially manipulation of sterile injectable products and dilution, carries a significant risk of patient harm and adverse drug events. In this podcast, Maureen Burger and Candy Cross describe the problems associated with syringe preparation and injection practices that threaten patient safety.    


·      National Coalition for IV Push Safety website: www.ncivps.org

·      Take Action: https://www.ncivps.org/partners

·      Hertig JB, Degnan DD, Scott CR, Lenz JR, Li X, Anderson CM. A Comparison of Error Rates Between Intravenous Push Methods: A Prospective, Multisite, Observational Study. J Patient Saf. 2018;14(1):60‐65. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000419

·      Hanrahan K, Wagner M, Matthews G, et al. Sacred cow gone to pasture: a systematic evaluation and integration of evidence-based practice. Worldviews Evid Based Nurs. 2015;12(1):3‐11. doi:10.1111/wvn.12072