Advanced technology is a part of almost all areas of our everyday life. It is difficult to be fully conscious of the speed with which electronics have evolved in the last two decades, to the point where devices that were cutting-edge technology 10 years ago, now seem obsolete.

The evolution of infusion technology has not been immune to this accelerated development. In fact, it has benefited from the miniaturisation capacity of the electronics industry, incorporating more and better advanced functions into infusion pumps. arcomed has always been at the forefront of innovation in infusion technology, opening up a new world of possibilities for medical professionals that, just a few years ago, were practically science fiction. To better understand this evolution, let’s compare it with the changes experienced by a device that we all carry with us: the telephone.  

Evolution of the telephone and infusion technology.

Contrary to popular belief, it was not Alexander Graham Bell who invented the telephone, instead he was the first to patent it in 1876. The honour of inventing the first telephone actually corresponds to Antonio Meucci in 1871, however he wasn’t able to patent it due to financial difficulties.

For almost a century, the telephone was an electromechanical device. Although younger generations may not remember, up until 40 years ago the old analogue rotary dial phones were the norm. These phones, which we will call “generation 0”, were modernised versions of Meucci’s invention.

Similarly, the first infusion pumps were also electromechanical devices, with which it was possible to maintain a constant and predetermined flow of drug infusions, and little more. Like the primitive telephones, they were large and heavy devices, and their use was restricted to certain areas of the hospital.

The arrival of digital technology revolutionised the world as we knew it. Let’s look at a comparative table of the evolution of both telephone technology and infusion technology in their different generations:

Generation Telephones Infusion Pumps
0 Electromechanical, analogue devices that can only make and receive calls. Electromechanical, analogue devices that can only define an infusion flow.
1 Digital telephone. First mobile phones. They incorporate more features, monochrome screens, they can send SMS messages and store a list of contacts. Electronic devices, lighter, with more advanced infusion controls and alarms for an interruption or blockage in infusion.
2 Mobile phones with the first Internet connections (very slow). First camera phones. Non-touch screens, menu-based navigation. First actual “smartpumps”. They incorporate non-touch monochrome screens, menu-based navigation, dose error reduction systems (DERS) and can be connected to the patient data management system (PDMS) or other devices. Able to store and manage pharmacokinetic models (TCI-TIVA). Incorporate drug libraries.
3 Smartphones with a camera, colour touch screen, GPS, icon navigation, high-speed internet connection, ability to make video calls and download/use mobile apps. All-In-One: A single, compact device that can satisfy all communication needs, even the most advanced. Advanced smartpumps with high-tech infusion technology (arcomed Chroma). Colour touch screen, icon navigation, wireless bidirectional communication with other pumps or the hospital network, remote management, small size and weight, long battery life, configurable home screen, All-In-One concept: One infusion pump for all areas of the hospital.

As we can see, there is a clear parallel between the evolution of infusion technology and smartphone technology. But evolution never slows down and continues to run its course, and just like how the next generation of smartphones promises new advances such as flexible screens or devices, automatic monitoring of health parameters through wearable devices, or artificial intelligence that converts these devices into real assistants that are able to make decisions based on our needs, at arcomed we pay very close attention to technological development so that we can incorporate innovations that allow hospitals and the professionals working in them to be more effective and provide patients with greater benefits, safety and comfort.

Welcome to the world of arcomed. Welcome to the future.