A device and process for preventing medical errors due to the improper administration of an intravenously delivered
medication includes the spectroscopic analysis of intravenous fluid components. An emission source and detector are
placed adjacent to the intravenous tubing of an administration set to generate signals for spectroscopic analysis. The
signals are processed to identify the medication and, in certain embodiments of the invention, can determine the
medication's concentration. In a preferred embodiment, the emission source, detector, and hardware and software for the
spectroscopic analysis are placed in an infusion pump.