The most common function of intravenous infusion pumps in the operating room is for the administration of anaesthesia. The anaesthetist can opt for inhaled anaesthesia, a combination of inhaled and intravenous anaesthesia in the different phases of the process, or they can go for the use of total intravenous anaesthesia (TIVA), something that is now increasingly common thanks to the widespread use of smart infusion pumps, of which arcomed’s Chroma series is the technological market leader.
Versatility of arcomed Pumps
Thanks to arcomed’s All-In-One philosophy, it is no longer necessary to have specific models of pumps to be used in the operating room, which differ from those used in other areas of the hospital. All of the models in arcomed’s Chroma series, both volumetric and syringe pumps, are easily (even automatically) reconfigurable in order to adapt to the needs of each area of the hospital, including the surgical area.
With the large, high-contrast colour touch screen and icon navigation of the arcomed pumps, programming is a very simple task. In addition, they can be used with surgical gloves, even if they are wet.
What’s more, arcomed Chroma infusion pumps can use different pre-programmed pharmacokinetic models (Marsh, Cortinez-Sepúlveda, Kataria, Paedfusor, Minto, Schnider and others), in which the anaesthetist only needs to enter the patient’s biometric data, then the pump performs all the necessary calculations in order to administer the correct dose, thus reaching the required concentration of the drug in each case.
In an operating room, it is common to use several infusion pumps at the same time in order to administer different drugs. arcomed Chroma pumps can communicate with each other wirelessly, which then saves time seeing how the patient’s data doesn’t need to be entered into each pump.
Patient Safety Above All
Clinical personnel are human, and as such they can make mistakes. In fact, errors in medication aren’t uncommon, and are actually one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Technology plays a key role in helping to minimise these medication errors.
The arcomed pumps have several error prevention systems. The medicine libraries make it possible to establish minimum and maximum limits in the intravenous administration of the drugs themselves. The pumps can be connected to the hospital’s PDMS (Patient Data Management System), which ensures better monitoring and control over the infusion, guaranteeing that the correct medication is administered to the correct patient. In addition, arcomed pumps have a colour-coding drug system that allows the pump operator (in this case, the anaesthetist) to visually and intuitively make sure that he or she is administering the appropriate medication in each case.
arcomed offers anaesthetists a universe of possibilities, which allows them to carry out their work in an agile and simple way, with the highest level of safety for the patient.