With all of the different types of pumps, there are many different features available on each of the different types. They will all have some type of mechanism to push liquids to the patient, whether it is through a syringe or a balloon. Many of the features of the smart pumps focus on safety. They provide alarms and alerts for the user if there is a risk of an adverse drug interaction, for example. In addition, users can set their own parameters with these safety pumps. In the event that something happens to go beyond those preset restrictions, an alarm will alert you to the problem.
There are a number of different types of infusion pumps and they work in slightly different ways. The syringe pump is piston-controlled, and delivers the liquids through a syringe. A peristaltic pump utilizes rollers to press the liquid through flexible tubing. In an elastomeric pump, the fluid is in a reservoir that is similar to a stretchable balloon. The pressure from the walls of the balloon is the mechanism that delivers the fluids in this case. Multi-channel pumps are able to deliver more than one type of fluid at the same time, albeit at different rates for each of the fluids based on the patient’s needs. Even smart pumps are available, which offers a number of safety features.
An infusion pump is a type of a medical device whose main purpose is to deliver various types of fluids into a patient’s body. These fluids can be anything from medication to nutrients and even drugs used for chemotherapy. These types of pumps are common in hospitals and nursing homes, as well as home settings.