The trend towards the standardisation of equipment and expendable material is growing in hospitals. This is because standardising entails significant cost savings, derived from economies of scale (larger orders can be made to a single manufacturer instead of many small orders to several) and the improvement of efficiency, since having materials and equipment that can be used by different hospital departments reduces learning time, simplifies storage and logistics distribution needs and reduces maintenance costs. For this reason, arcomed came up with the concept Pump Pooling System (PPS) for hospitals.
Arcomed’s All in One philosophy is specifically designed for the effective reduction of infusion technology costs in hospitals. Two models of arcomed pumps can do the same job as several models from different manufacturers, thanks to their versatility and adaptability to different hospital work environments, from the Emergency department to the ICU, operating rooms, delivery room, hospital wards…
The arcomed Pump Pooling System (PPS) consists in the replacement of the various models of infusion pumps from different manufacturers that are normally used in a hospital (which can end up being a large number of different models by only two models of arcomed Chroma pumps: Syramed (syringe) and Volumed (volumetric), capable of performing and adapt themselves to all the functions required by the various hospital departments.
The major technological breakthrough arcomed has made with the Pump Pooling System is based on the versatility of our pumps. They are equipped with the latest infusion technologies and they are small in size, with a large colour touch screen and icon navigation, just like a mobile phone. The selection of a clinical area profile of the pumps is extremely simple. For example, with a single touch a Chroma infusion pump can change from a neonatal infusion mode to the TCI or PCA mode, for example.
How can the Pump Pooling System save costs in a hospital?
Our experience implementing the PPS in hospitals has shown us that savings of up to 25% can be made as regards investment in pumps and operating costs, and up to 86% on training costs for biomedical staff who need to use them. What’s more, savings of up to 25% can also be made on scheduled preventive maintenance.
How is this possible? Simply because the versatility of the arcomed pumps reduces by 25% the number of pumps required in a hospital, when compared to a typical situation in which a multitude of models from different manufacturers and of different ages are used.
Let’s look at the example of a Swiss hospital: the hospital was using 15 different types of pumps from 3 different manufacturers. In total, 200 pumps, with the need to increase that number by 10% (20 additional pumps).
This entailed an exponential increase of the cost as the number of pumps and different manufacturers increased:
- Maintenance costs
- Staff training costs in the use of each model
- Storage costs
- Greater number of reserve pumps (several of each model) to cope with demand peaks or potential faults.
- More time invested in changing the type of pump for different applications.
- Higher cost of storage and stocking of spare parts.
The implementation of the arcomed Pump Pool System entailed increasing the capacity in order to meet that additional 10% demand (which would involve using 220 pumps) using only 165 arcomed pumps of two types (one volumetric and one syringe).
Without a doubt, the Pump Pooling System is a winning scheme for any hospital: in addition to the economic savings, the hospital will have at its disposal the most advanced infusion technology in all its departments, ready to be used when and where necessary, with the best guarantees of safety and quality that distinguishes arcomed pumps, manufactured entirely in Switzerland.