Because these devices are delivering fluids directly into a patient, there are obvious safety concerns that various manufacturers address in different ways. As noted by the FDA, between 2005 and 2009 there were more than 56,000 adverse events reported to the FDA regarding the use of Infusion Pumps. This includes over 500 deaths. Given these problems, there have been ongoing safety concerns regarding Infusion Pumps and manufacturers have been rapidly changing their products to meet these concerns and make their products safer. To meet these concerns, the FDA undertook the Infusion Pump Improvement Initiative in 2010 and began issuing new safety requirements to support the benefits of infusion pumps while minimizing the risks.
Because of the frequent changes in FDA safety requirements, an Infusion Pump that met all safety requirements in 2003 will very likely not meet all the safety requirements of 2017. For this reason, it is important that medical facilities that use Infusion Pumps ensure their equipment is in compliance with current FDA safety requirements. They may have an Infusion Pump that is working fine but which needs to be replaced to ensure they are not violating FDA safety requirements.
DotMed Healthcare Business Magazine’s May 2017 issue highlighted many of the changes in the Infusion Pump market. Issues such as data security, wireless connectivity and network infrastructure interoperability show that today’s models of Infusion Pumps are designed to meet needs and concerns that were not even thought of 20 years ago. In recognition of the new technology challenges, the NIST recently offered new guidance for securing wireless Infusion Pumps.
Given all these changes, it should be noted that there is a large after-market for Infusion Pumps. Smaller facilities that find that latest and greatest Infusion Pumps are outside their budget can still find modern Infusion Pumps that meet their needs.
1st Place Medical is based in Florida and offers a wide variety of Infusion Pumps to domestic and international customers.