If we had to choose the places in a hospital where the most advanced medical technology plays a more decisive role, they would undoubtedly be the surgical area and the ICU. Intravenous infusion technology in the ICU is a fundamental part of this technological specialisation.
The care given in a hospital’s ICU is a key factor when evaluating the quality of the care that a hospital offers. Therefore, there is no longer a single ICU in the most important hospitals, and instead it has been subdivided into different specialised areas: critical patients, coronary ICU, paediatric ICU, neonatology area or general ICU are just a few examples, depending on the hospital. Not to mention the postoperative units.
In small and medium-sized hospitals, it is more common to find a polyvalent ICU, which can absorb some of the mentioned areas if so required by demand (for example, general ICU + paediatric ICU).
A modern ICU requires a large amount of resources, both human and technological, in order to ensure that the patient in serious or critical condition is adequately monitored and stabilised, and that they have the equipment and materials needed to meet any urgent need, in addition to a human team of doctors and nurses who are specialised in intensive care and can solve any critical situation that may occur, something that is not uncommon given the nature of the patients who are admitted to these units.
Intravenous infusion in ICU: Strictest requirements for infusion pumps.
The Chroma infusion pumps can develop their full potential in an ICU, as their design has taken into account the stricter requirements of these units. Their characteristics in terms of ease of use, rapid start of infusion, wireless communication between pumps, connection to the hospital PDMS system and rapid access to drug libraries, all represent a real advantage for the hospital, in addition to helping to save time, which can be very valuable when lives are at stake and the workload is high (and, as a result, the clinical staff’s stress level).
One noteworthy feature of the arcomed Chroma infusion pumps when used in the ICU, is the relay mode between pumps. Critical patients often receive intravenous medication that cannot be interrupted at any time, like vasodilator or inotropic drugs, as this could seriously affect their condition. The relay mode allows two pumps with the same medication to communicate with each other in such a way that when the medication from the first pump starts to run out, the second one automatically takes over. This allows for the uninterrupted administration of medication while providing the healthcare staff with time to reload the pump whose medication has run out, without subjecting them to unnecessary stress that comes with having to rush.
Another important aspect is the prevention of errors in medication, which should be even stricter with patients admitted to the ICU. In this regard, both the clinical staff and the patients themselves can feel more at ease thanks to the customisable drug libraries, which prevent the administration of doses outside of the previously established ranges, in addition to enabling the colour-coding of drugs in accordance with international standards.
In addition, when the the patient leaves the ICU to go to the operating room or to be admitted to the hospital ward, the infusion pump does not need to be changed. The pump can accompany them and adapt to the clinical profile of each area by simply tapping its touch screen, which results in considerable savings in both consumables and time.
Once again, arcomed’s technological leadership in the field of intravenous infusion pumps is at the service of medical professionals and patient safety, with even more intensity in areas like the ICU.