Care in the Intensive Care Unit is one of the most relevant services in a hospital , both because of the seriousness of the patients admitted to it and because of the intensive (redundancy intended) needs in the care and personnel that they require. It is, therefore, a key area in assessing the quality of care a hospital offers.
These units, where patients are continuously monitored by a team of specially trained staff to deal with critical situations, have evolved significantly over time, and currently are one of the areas of the hospital where the degree of presence of technology is higher. It is common, especially in reference hospitals, that the ICU be subdivided into specialized units: pediatrics, neonatal care, cardiology (also called “coronary units”), psychiatry, postoperative care… In small- and medium-sized hospitals it is more common to find a multipurpose ICU, to which some of the mentioned areas can be added when justified by the demand (for example, general ICU + Coronary Unit).
ICUs require a large amount of resources, both human and technical, to ensure that the patient in critical conditions is adequately monitored and stabilized. Because of this need, they have the necessary equipment and materials to cope with any urgent need (crash cart, defibrillator, specific ‘in situ’ medication, etc.).
The three basic aspects of ICU work are:
- Monitoring, for which patients are connected (depending on their pathology) to cardiac monitors, pulse oximeters, etc..
- Life support (using artificial respirators, oxygen therapy, continuous infusion of fluids, pacemakers, etc.)..
- The therapeutic side, in which the necessary treatment is administered to each patient, in many cases by using intravenous infusion pumps..
Infusion pumps, a key element in the ICU
If we had to choose an area of the hospital where the latest technology in arcomed infusion pumps can prove its potential to the maximum, it would certainly be the ICU.
The stress faced by clinical staff, the critical condition of the patients and the need for constant monitoring make the possibilities offered by arcomed Chroma pumps a real asset for the hospital.
The possibility of wireless communication between pumps making possibe a continuous and uninterrupted infusion of inotropic medication on relay mode (also known as “Piggy-bag”) , connectivity with the PDMS system allowing for the centralized monitoring of all pumps in the ICU, its ease of operation thanks to the large color touchscreen and navigation with icons, as well as quick start infusion, all make the use of arcomed Chroma pumps represent important time savings in a unit where every second is very valuable.
Another important aspect is the prevention of errors in medication, which in patients admitted into the ICU must be even more necessary. In this sense, customizable drug libraries, which prevent the administration of doses outside previously established ranges, as well as drug color coding according to international standards, provide additional tranquility to both the clinical staff and the patients themselves.