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Products – Infusion Pumps

An infusion pump is a medical device that delivers fluids, such as nutrients and   medications, into a patient’s body in controlled amounts.  Use of Infusion Pumps is widespread in clinical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and in the home.

1st Place Medical sells a wide variety of infusion pumps.  There is a large number of manufacturers and models available so prices can vary considerably.  Some of the common infusion pumps sold by 1st Place Medical include:

  • Baxter Sigma Spectrum Infusion Pump
  • BAXTER Flo-Gard 6301 IV Pump
  • BAXTER Flo-Gard 6201 IV Pump
  • Baxter AS50 Infusion Pump
  • Braun Large Volume Infusion Pump System
  • Braun Vista basic Large Volume Infusion Pump
  • Abbott Acclaim Infusion Pump
  • Abbott Lifecare 5000 Infusion Pump
  • Alaris Signature Gold 7200 Infusion Pump
  • Alaris Signature Gold 7130 Infusion Pump
  • Medfusion 2001 Infusion Pump
  • Cosmed Infusion Pump
  • Hospira Infusion Pump

Use:  Infusion pumps should only be used by a trained User.  Even the most experienced users should make sure they have a User Manual for the particular model of Infusion Pump the are going to using.  Users are able to use a built-in software interface to program the rate and duration of fluid delivery to the patient.  Infusion pumps offer significant advantages over manual administration of fluids, including the ability to deliver fluids in very small volumes, and the ability to deliver fluids at precisely programmed rates or automated intervals.   Infusion pumps are often used to deliver nutrients or medications (pain relievers, insulin, hormones, antibiotics, etc.)

When considering the purchase of an Infusion Pump, there are several features available on various models that you might consider when trying to select which model you will purchase.  These features include Safety controls and Blockage alerts.  The features offered often depend on the type of infusion pump.

Types of Infusion Pumps:

  • Continuous infusion
  • Intermittent infusion
  • Patient-controlled
  • Total parenteral nutrition

Infusion Pump Terminology:

An infusion pump which utilizes the energy in an elastic membrane to provide the force for fluid delivery.

An infusion pump that delivers liquid nutrients and medicines into the patient’s digestive tract.

Describes FDA’s current thinking on a regulatory issue. Guidance is not legally binding on the public or FDA.

Human factors (HF) is the study of how people use technology. It involves the interaction of human abilities, expectations, and limitations, with work environments and system design.

An independent double-check involves two clinicians separately checking (alone and apart from each other, then comparing results) the infusion settings in accordance with the physician’s order.

An ambulatory electromechanical pump typically used to deliver insulin to patients with diabetes. The pump is used mainly by home care patients, but may also be used in a healthcare facility.

Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience Database. MAUDE data represent reports of adverse events involving medical devices. The data consists of all voluntary reports since June 1993, user facility reports since 1991, distributor reports since 1993, and manufacturer reports since August 1996.

A situation in which more fluid or medication than is intended is delivered to the patient.

An infusion pump intended for the delivery of analgesics (pain relievers), which is equipped with a feature that allows for additional limited delivery of medication upon patient demand.

Premarket approval (PMA) is the FDA process of scientific and regulatory review to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Class III medical devices. Class III devices are those that support or sustain human life, that are of substantial importance in preventing impairment of human health, or that present a potential, unreasonable risk of illness or injury.

A recall is when a product is removed from the market or a correction is made to the product because it is either defective or potentially harmful.

Sometimes a company discovers a problem and recalls a product on its own. Other times a company recalls a product after FDA raises concerns.

An infusion pump equipped with IV medication error-prevention software that alerts operators when a pump setting is programmed outside of pre-configured limits.

An external infusion pump which utilizes a piston syringe as the fluid reservoir and to control fluid delivery.

Total Product Life Cycle (TPLC) is an integrated device review, tracking, reporting and compliance scheme employed by FDA. The TPLC approach allows FDA to integrate all regulatory activities from device inception to obsolescence.

A situation in which less fluid or medication than is intended is delivered to the patient.

Safe and effective use of a medical device means that users do not make errors that lead to injury and they achieve the desired medical treatment. If safe and effective use is not achieved, use error has occurred.