Ambulatory infusion pumps are devices that are compact enough to be portable, allowing the patient the freedom to enjoy an unencumbered lifestyle. The ambulatory pump is designed as a patient friendly unit, as they are smaller, lightweight and less bulky than traditional infusion devices. Most of these pumps are powered by alkaline batteries or rechargeable NICD batteries. They are also equipped with AC power cords.
Most of these pumps have the capability to deliver a variety of infusion therapies and can be pole mounted. Ambulatory infusion pumps can be utilized in a variety of applications, such as patients who require parenteral medication or nutritional support. They effectively deliver medication without compromising portability.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
- Always familiarize yourself with the equipment before use.
- If patient is uncertain about operation of pump they must always consult with a knowledgeable health clinician.
- Accurate dosage measurements must be determined by a qualified health provider, such as a pharmacy.
- Choose a pump that is user friendly with simple features.
- Pump display should be an easy read for nursing personnel
- Pumps should always be tested to ensure reliability of alarms which alert clinicians to situations that need to be addressed.