Hospira Plum 360 VS Baxter Sigma Spectrum Infusion Pump

January 7, 2023
Hospira Plum 360 VS Baxter Sigma Spectrum Infusion Pump
  1. General Comparison Between Hospira Plum 360 And Sigma Spectrum IV
  2. Introduction to Hospira Plum 360
  3. Features of Hospira Plum 360
  4. Introduction to Baxter Sigma Spectrum IV
  5. Features of Sigma Spectrum IV
  6. Infusion Pump Rental Options
  7. Spare Parts for Infusion Pumps Available
  8. Final Thought

Professionals in the medical field, including registered nurses, nurse practitioners, primary care doctors, and other healthcare personnel, universally acknowledge the pivotal role of infusion pumps within the healthcare system. The utilization of infusion pumps particularly the advancement towards intelligent systems like the Hospira Plum 360 and Baxter Sigma Spectrum, has become a standard protocol in hospitals for precisely administering crucial fluids to patients.

It is imperative for hospitals and medical facilities to strategically invest in the most efficient infusion pumps. This ensures optimal monitoring of patient information and workflow, all while maintaining cost-effectiveness. In the following sections, we undertake a comprehensive side-by-side comparison of two leading infusion pumps – the Hospira Plum 360 and Sigma Spectrum IV.


SpecificationsHospira Plum 360Sigma Spectrum IV
Dimensions (HxWxD)Approximately 8”x 8” x 6” in. (20 x 20 x 15 cm), excluding pole clamp extrusion and power cord storage. Without IV pole clamp: 5.8” x 4.2” x 2.5” in. (14.73 x 10.66 x 6.35 cm)
With IV pole clamp: 5.8” x 6.4” x 4.7” in. (14.73 x 16.25 x 11.93 cm)
WeightApproximately 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) with battery Without IV pole clamp (25.5 oz ±1.0 oz)
With IV pole clamp (33.5 oz ±1.0 oz)
Display10.5 Monochrome LCD Tilted Screen Color (16 out of a palette of 262,144 possible colors) HRTFT, 240 X 270, LED Front-Lit, 0.2235 mm X 0.2235 mm dot pitch
Infusion Modes Concurrent, Secondary, and Piggyback Infusions Primary and Secondary, Multi-Step, and Cyclic TPN
Dose Modes mL/hr, mcg/kg/min, mcg/min, mcg/kg/hr, mg/min, mg/m2, mg/m2/min, mg/m2/hr, mg/kg, mg/kg/hr, mg/hr, ng/kg/min, g/hr, mEq/hr, mUn/min, units/min, units/hr, units/kg/hr mL/hr, g/hr, mg/hr, mg/kg/hr, mg/min, mg/kg/min, mcg/hr, mcg/kg/hr, mcg/min, mcg/kg/min, ng/min, ng/kg/min, Units/hr, Units/kg/hr, Units/min, Units/kg/min, mUnits/min, meq/hr, meq/kg/hr
Flow Rate 0.1 to 99.9 mL/hr (in 0.1 mL increments) 100 to 999 mL/hr (in 1 mL increments) 0.5 to 999 mL/hr with 0.1 mL/hr increments from 0.5 to 99.9 mL/hr and 1.0 mL/hr increments from 100 to 999 mL/hr
External Interfaces N/AIrDA (SIR Encoding Protocol. Supports IrOBEX). Additional Asynchronous Serial Port expansion bus available ar battery terminals. Software upgrades may be performed through external RS-232.
Network Interface Ethernet or wireless communication using an 802.11 a/b/g/n dual-band radio N/A
Logging Memory Large drug library includes 2500 medications (medications used in multiple clinical care areas (CCAs) count as a single entry), 40 CCAs and 400 medications per CCA Educational Drug Library and capability to integrate infusion data into the patient’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR)
Maximum Pump Pressure 20 PSI (1034 mmHg) 28 PSI
Occlusion Pressure Distal Pressure Limit (without alarm): 1-15 PSIG (default 6 PSIG) Adjustable: High (19 ±9 PSI), Medium (13 ±6 PSI), and Low (6 ±4 PSI)
Pumping Mechanism Volumetric Infusion Volumetric Infusion
Total Volume 0.1 to 99.9 mL (in 0.1 mL increments) 100 to 9999 mL (in 1 mL increments) 0.1 to 999 mL with 0.1 mL increments from 0.1 – 99.9 mL and 1.0 mL increments from 100 – 999 mL
  • PlumSet (Distal): Air Bolus at 0.1 mL or larger; Cumulative 0.25 mL out of 4.9 mL
  • PlumSet (Proximal): Air Bolus at 0.5 mL; Cumulative 1.0 mL
  • Full IV-EHR Interoperability provides intelligent alarm forwarding
  • Plum cassettes can trap up to 1 mL of air before alarming, reducing alarms and alarm fatigue
  • If an air-in-line alarm does occur, air can be easily removed with automated backpriming without disconnecting from the patient
  • Plum 360 automatically restarts if distal occlusions clear within 60 seconds
  • Air-in-Line
  • Battery Low
  • Battery Depleted
  • Battery Missing
  • Battery Alert Caution
  • Improper Load Door
  • Open Downstream
  • Occlusion Inactivity
  • Infusion Complete
  • Secondary Complete
  • Slide Clamp Closed
  • Titration Incomplete
  • Upstream Occlusion
Storage Temperature –5°F – 104°F (–20°C – 40°C) -4 – 120°F (-20 – 49°C), 10 – 90% relative humidity non-condensing
Operating Temperature 41°F – 104 °F (5°C – 40 °C) 60 – 90°F (15.6 – 32.2° C), 20 – 90% relative humidity non-condensing
Battery Power One sealed, lead-acid, rechargeable 6 V battery, internal to device
  • A fully-charged, new battery provides at least 3 hours of operation at 125 mL/hr on a single line, or delivers 250 mL total volume
Standard Battery
  • Lithium Ion, 1800 mA/h, 7.4 VDC nominal. SIGMA Part Number, 35724
  • Capacity 8 hrs (at 125 mL/hr at the highest backlight settings)
  • 12 hr. recharge time
  • 100 - 120 VAC; 50-60 Hz; 50 VA (30010-04, 30010-65)
  • 220 - 240 VAC; 50-60 Hz; 50 VA (30010-10, 30010-27, 30010-54, 30010-57)
AC Power Adaptor, low profile, covers only one outlet, Medical Grade (EN60601-1-2):
  • Input: 100 VAC - 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz / 200 mA
  • Output (P/N 35727): 9VDC/1200 mA, short circuit protected
  • Output (P/N 35714): 9VDC/800 mA, short circuit protected


The Hospira Plum 360 infusion pump was designed with safety and efficiency in mind. This large-volume infuser is capable of delivering fluids for a variety of therapies such as parenteral, enteral, or epidural infusions. The Plum 360 features a unique closed-air management system that allows for automated back-priming to easily remove air from the line without disconnecting from the patient. This large-volume IV pump allows a secondary line that connects directly to the cassette. The Plum pump will alert you if the second line is not infusing. It has a lot of features that are designed to help you enhance patient safety and increase clinical efficiency.

Additionally, a positive valving cassette allows two lines to be delivered at independent rates. The volume to be infused (VTBI) is delivered through one line to a patient. This can allow two lines to be delivered in Concurrent mode (together) or Piggyback mode (one after another) without raising or lowering I.V. bags. Furthermore, the Plum 360 infuser also enables fluid pathway troubleshooting such as removing proximal air in line, without disconnecting the patient line.


The Hospira Plum 360 can act as a standalone infuser, or in conjunction with the Hospira MedNet software to provide medication at the point of care. This software also includes customized drug libraries to support hospital-defined protocols by clinical care area. Other configurations include:

  • The unit can communicate with systems on the network via Ethernet or state-of-the-art wireless communication using an 802.11 a/b/g/n/, 2.4 GHz/5 GHz dual-band radio.
  • The Plum 360 infuser and Hospira MedNet software interface with other hospital systems such as:
    • Electronic Health Records
    • Electronic Medication Administration Records
    • Bar Code Point of Care
    • Real-Time Location Services
    • Other systems designed to create efficiency in managing patient information and clinical workflows
  • Each infuser includes a Connectivity Engine (CE) which provides both wired Ethernet and wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n networking capabilities.
  • The Plum 360 infuser interfaces with Hospira MedNet application software to download the drug library, infuser software updates, and enable auto-programming of the infuser.
  • For a convenient and cost-effective infusion pump, the Plum 360 is compatible with LifeCare™ Plum™ Series administration sets, the LifeShield™ and CLAVE™ needleless connection systems


The Baxter SIGMA Spectrum infusion pump is the perfect solution for today’s modern hospital. Its unique connectivity parameters put access to Baxter’s comprehensive Medical Drug Library at the clinician’s fingertips, allowing for a more efficient, cohesive treatment plan. The Baxter SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System’s EMR integration capabilities can also interface with existing hospital information systems to provide real-time record-keeping.

The unit itself is designed to be small and compact, with a bright display screen for easy viewing and analysis. The Baxter SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System comes with a Lithium-ion battery and is compatible with Baxter standard IV administration sets.


The Spectrum Infusion Pump with Master Drug Library is intended to be used for the controlled administration of intravenous fluids. These fluids may include pharmaceutical drugs, blood, blood products, and mixtures of required patient therapy. The intended routes of administration consist of the following clinically acceptable routes: intravenous, arterial, subcutaneous, intrathecal, epidural, or irrigation of fluid space.

The Spectrum Infusion Pump with Master Drug Library is suitable for many user facility applications such as, but not limited to, hospitals, outpatient care areas, home care, and ambulatory care services. The Spectrum Infusion Pump with Master Drug Library is intended to reduce operator interaction through guided programming, thereby helping to reduce errors associated with complex device programming. Parameter programming requires trained health care professionals’ confirmation of limits and drug therapy to physician directives. The SIGMA Spectrum with Master Drug Library has not been tested or approved for use in motor vehicles or aircraft. Additional features include:

  • The SIGMA Spectrum Infusion System reduces errors in programming IV infusion.
  • Automatic drug library start-up when the machine powers on
  • Quick drug find library search
  • Compatible with all standard Baxter IV administration sets.
  • Wireless searching for drug library updates, downloads, and installs
  • A lightweight, compact design promotes patient mobility.
  • Bright, color display
  • On-board digital help screens
  • Long-lasting rechargeable Lithium-ion battery pack



There are so many reasons to rent an infusion pump. Some facilities choose to rent medical equipment to avoid acquisition and maintenance costs on equipment. SOMA has many infusion pumps ready to be shipped, and can easily provide availability for an immediate need. There is no downtime due to repairs or preventative maintenance. Renting is the easiest way to upgrade to newer technology without the commitment of purchasing the unit. Other reasons include the freedom from technical obsolescence, and to ensure the most efficient management of resources, and the ability to access equipment without capital outlay. We have rent-to-own options available as well in case your medical facility does not currently have the budget to purchase the unit, but will when the budget is renewed.


Hospira Plum 360 vs Sigma Spectrum

SOMA Tech Intl has a streamlined medical equipment parts department, including spare infusion pump parts for all of the infusion pumps that they sell. SOMA also has an extensive inventory of replacement medical equipment parts. If you cannot find what you are looking for, you can call our Medical Parts Department at +1(860) 218-2575 or via email at [email protected].


Infusion pumps, vital devices found in nearly every medical environment, are increasingly in demand. As the increasing need for these units grows, most medical personnel rely on two of our most sought-after infusers – Hospira Plum 360 and Baxter Sigma Spectrum. Have you ever used either of the two featured infusion pumps? Additionally, we’re curious to know if there are other brands or suppliers you trust. Are there any certain features that you look for in the ideal infusion pump? Your insights are valuable – please share your comments below!


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