How to Choose an Ambulatory Infusion Pump
If you are a primary oncology clinician looking to select the infusion pump that fits your needs, but you are not sure where to start, you’re in the right place.
What is an ambulatory infusion pump? What types exist? What should you look for when buying one? We’ll answer these questions and more below so you can feel confident when treating your patients.
What Is an Ambulatory Infusion Pump?
An infusion pump is a medical device made to deliver fluids into a patient’s body in a controlled manner. An ambulatory infusion pump is designed to allow patients to move freely and go about their daily lives. They serve as a practical alternative to the pole-mounted pumps used in a hospital setting.
Types of Ambulatory Pumps
Ambulatory infusion pumps are not one-size-fits-all devices. Depending on the therapy your patient is receiving, some pumps may be better suited for the purpose than others. Multiple types exist, and they generally fall into one of two categories:
What to Consider When Choosing an Ambulatory Pump
There are many factors that come into play when deciding on the right ambulatory infusion pump. Here are some guidelines you can use to make an informed decision.
Ease of Use
How easy is it to program the pump? Are the bags easy to fill and the administration sets easy to install? These are important questions to think about when selecting an infusion pump.
Size and Weight
Some infusion pumps may not seem loud at first, but consider the patient when they take the pump home and place it on their nightstand while they sleep. A noisy pump can be a serious issue for a sensitive patient.