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Infusion pumps are getting smarter and safer

by John W. Mitchell, Senior Correspondent | February 12, 2020
Infusion Pumps
From the January/February issue of HealthCare Business News magazine


The unique cassette technology allows for simplified, automated air removal, helping to keep the system closed, which is important for reducing the likelihood of infection. Plum 360 also includes an air trap chamber that captures up to 1 mL of air before setting off the alarm, reducing unnecessary alarms.

Baxter recently launched the Spectrum IQ Infusion System with Dose IQ safety software, which is intended to make the creation and maintenance of drug libraries easier. The pump automatically defaults to the drug library at power-on. It requires fewer steps to start an infusion, displays the drug name along with soft and hard delivery safety limits at the bedside, and enables easy, wireless drug library updates to ensure up-to-date programming.

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“The Spectrum IQ system was designed to simplify bi-directional EMR integration with auto-programming, auto-documentation, and on-screen bar codes to simplify workflow,” Sato said. “And ours are the only infusion pumps with a built-in dose/rate change alert to help clinicians protect high-risk infusions during titrations by intercepting dose changes that could be inaccurate or even harmful.”

Infusion pumps beyond the inpatient setting
New solutions are bringing sophisticated pump technology to different environments, meaning they are no longer strictly for hospital use. B. Braun recently rolled out the Perfusor Space Syringe Pump, which it said is the first mobile syringe pump for use in a transport situation.

Jonathan Stapley
“We’ve introduced a wireless syringe pump…as an alternative in the market,” said Jonathan Stapley, director of marketing - infusion systems at B. Braun Medical Inc. “Now, customers can standardize use on identical platforms for a large volume [hospital] and syringe pumps. The user interface, the drug library software, and the infusions analytics software —the entire user integration — is now the same for the first time.”

The company developed the new pump based on customer feedback. For example, B. Braun discovered that none of the major pump makers offered a solution for an infusion pump that can be used in diagnostic CT or MRI. The Perfusor Space Syringe Pump, he said, can remain hooked up to a patient during a CT or MR exam without long trailing tubes, so that medication administration is not interrupted during imaging. The same applications are also designed for use in adult, pediatric and neonates in air and road medical transport.

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