Tell Us Your Favorite Infusion Pump
Each of these infusion pumps are pretty standard to see in any hospital/surgical/inpatient environment. The pumps deliver essential nutrients and medicine into the body via an IV. These pumps are generally used on people who have lost fluids from dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea; or those who have trouble taking medicine, or need it to relieve pain. Common fluids include saline, morphine, allergy medicine, antibiotics, chemotherapy, and water with electrolytes or sugar. The pump is set on a timer so the person receiving the treatment can have a certain amount flowing into their veins per hour. Depending on how serious their medical situation is, the more likely they are to receive more liquid therapies. The following infusion pumps are very likely to be used in the medical field, and found in hospitals.
This infusion pump is lightweight, and can wirelessly integrate into the existing EMR system. There are multiple prevention systems including configurable dose error reduction software, single step titration limit, check flow at the start of the infusion, and secondary container infusion check. The comprehensive log software is easy to set up, has a bright color display, and a quick drug find in the library search. A liner peristaltic pumping mechanism has a primary, secondary, multi-step, and cyclic TPN types of pumping modes. The maximum pump pressure is 28 PSI.
The Hospira Plum A+ is another popular choice in infusion pumps. Much like the Sigma Spectrum, this pump can provide a multitude of therapies across many channels. This system is also easy to read on a single screen display. Confirmation screens are helpful in preventing errors in medication. This system is incredibly flexible. Clinicians can choose from a variety of options, automated piggyback delivery, concurrent delivery, standby setting, multistep delivery, loading dose, and programmable delayed starts. These capabilities include anti-free-flow protection and direct connection for syringe delivery.
The BD CareFusion Alaris 8100 Pump Module has the same capabilities as each of these pumps in the delivery of fluids, and blood. This pump can delivery these fluids to adults, pediatrics, and neonatal patients. This pump can be configured to the module of the PC unit to create the desired configuration. This module supports Guardrails Suite MX software that helps in reducing errors in therapy.
This syringe infusion pump is very easy to use. This delivery system give therapies routinely given during anesthetic procedures. The front panel is responsible for switching the therapies and drug agents give to the patient. This system is light-weight and fastens the pump to securely deliver therapies. This controlled environment effectively holds disposable syringes. the system can calculate how much of the drug is needed by the patient over a specific set amount of time. This system has sensors to let both the caregiver and patient know when there is blockage in the IV, or when the IV has emptied. This will be indicated by lights and an alarm system. The system has the capacity to also monitor when it is low on battery and needs to be charged.
Have you used any of these modules? Which do you like best, and are there any you prefer not to use? Are there any features that you find yourself using the most in your point of care with patients? Have you seen an increase of infusion pumps in conjunction with an increased patient census during the winter months and flu season? Comment below!
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