At arcomed, we know that hospitals are in an ongoing conflict between improving the quality of care and savings costs. Standardisation in a hospital is one of the key factors that allows both things to be combined, in order to help benefit the patient while the hospital maximises its resources.
Intravenous infusion pumps are one of the most frequently used devices in any hospital, as they are present in practically all areas. The increase in their use has made the situation in many hospitals far from optimal: It’s usual to have a pool of different models of pumps, from different manufacturers and (in many cases) with different functions for each area. Increased pressure on healthcare and the number of treated patients means that the pumps have been bought in batches as needed, which also means that there are many different technologies, some of which are obsolete.
Instead of saving costs, this achieves exactly the opposite: maintenance costs are skyrocketing, the disparity between functions and technologies makes it necessary to have a pool of pumps in reserve in order to meet peaks in demand that are higher than necessary, and staff must learn how to operate and manage each model and get used to it, which results in a greater investment in time. It’s common for nurses to change areas and encounter an unfamiliar model of an infusion pump that they have to learn how to use.
Standardisation in a hospital according to the arcomed philosophy
At arcomed, we propose a standardisation system in an extremely simple hospital. Two pump models (volumetric and syringe) can be adapted to the requirements of any area of the hospital, from surgery to oncology, the delivery room, ICU or the inpatient ward.
Using the latest intravenous infusion technology, arcomed has developed a standardisation system in a hospital that we call the Pump Pooling System (PPS).
Thanks to our All-In-One concept, arcomed pumps can change from one area of the hospital to another and be automatically reconfigured in a very simple way. Thus, a pump can “follow” the patient in their movement through the different areas, which also leads to important savings in costs on consumables.
Let’s look an example: A hospital has 200 infusion pumps from 3 different manufacturers and up to 14 different types, requires 20 additional pumps to be purchased, which would increase the pool to 220 (possibly divided among different types). The standardisation in a hospital that we propose with the PPS allows us to do the same work with only 2 arcomed pump models, so the need to have reserve pumps is drastically reduced: 165 arcomed pumps can perform the same work as 220 conventional pumps, with the advantage of saving storage space, maintenance costs, consumables and time spent on learning.
At arcomed, we firmly believe that standardisation in a hospital is a necessary measure in order to reduce economic stress. Our Pump Pooling System is a game-changer in this field.