Sometimes we tend to think that innovation means increasing costs. In the case of innovation in hospitals, technology has proven to be a driving force of change that improves patient care, obtains better clinical results and is capable of reducing costs.
First we should look at what we mean by investment costs. Once implemented, reduced costs remain constant over time. But it is almost always necessary to make investments in order to achieve these cost reductions. The interesting thing is that when making an investment in technology, we value the cost/benefit balance, in both clinical and economic terms. We all know that an MRI machine is a substantial investment. However, there is no leading hospital that would ever consider not having these devices, as the improvement in diagnostic accuracy that they provide allows us to reduce the number of erroneous diagnoses and thus increase the effectiveness of treatments. Two things that benefit the patient but that also represent an improvement in the hospital’s economic efficiency (less time admitted, less drug consumption due to imprecise diagnoses, less use of the operating room due to greater surgical precision…).
Therefore, investing in innovation in hospitals, if done properly and in a needs-based way, cannot be considered a cost, since the savings resulting from this innovation end up amortising the investment, in many cases long before the end of the useful life of the acquired device.
Innovation in hospitals and infusion technologies
Today, nobody puts into question the advantages that smart infusion pumps have contributed to intravenous infusion therapies, but there is still a tendency to think that they are only really useful in complex therapies, the operating room or the ICU. We have already discussed in our previous article the amount of time that is saved by using smartpumps such as arcomed’s Chroma pump. Our innovation proposal for hospitals, which we call the Pump Pooling System (PPS) is based on a clear and simple principle: standardisation saves costs.
We might think that if a patient admitted to a hospital ward only requires fluid therapy and the occasional administration of intravenous medication, then using a gravity infusion is more than enough, but we would be making a mistake. Gravity infusion doesn’t emit any alerts with alarms, forcing the nursing staff to invest more time in supervising the catheter and checking to make sure the line is still permeable and that there are no complications. But in addition to this, using the same pump model (easily reconfigurable with the touch of a finger on its touch screen) in all areas of the hospital leads to a significant saving in consumables, since the pump that is being used on the admitted patient may accompany them throughout the hospital, performing different functions when administering therapies or performing diagnostic tests that require intravenous infusion.
In addition, having technologically advanced pumps that can be used in any area significantly reduces the number of pumps that the hospital needs to have, both pumps that are being used and those that are stored in order to respond to peaks in demand. Lastly, maintenance and consumables costs are also reduced, since economies of scale can be applied to purchases of material.
Arcomed Chroma pumps have been developed by arcomed in close collaboration with clinical teams, with the result being an innovative tool that is essential for any hospital because of their versatility and ease-of-use, as well as the cost savings involved.
Welcome to the future of infusion, which is now within your reach thanks to arcomed.