The intravenous infusion is present in practically every area of a hospital. In fact, picking up a peripheral infusion line forms part of the admission routine, both in terms of planned admissions and admissions via Accident and Emergency.
In the majority of cases infusion pumps are used, which offer a much more precise control and adjustment than traditional gravity infusion, as well as being able to be programmed for the administration of doses with different configurations.
However, the requirements in terms of infusion are not the same in an ICU as they are in an operating theatre or a general hospital ward. This has traditionally been resolved through the use of different models of infusion pump which are adapted to fit the requirements of each area and which tend to originate from different manufacturers.
Traditionally a hospital can end up having to handle 15 different pump models, which forces it to keep a high number of these models in order to tackle peak demand periods or possible breakdowns. In using different models, the total number of pumps that the hospital requires tends to be higher to avoid running the risk of not having some of these pumps available when they are needed.
All of the above creates a series of factors which, when added together, result in a higher cost to the hospital:
- The need to have a greater number of pumps..
- Difficulty in applying economies of scale: working with many different manufacturers and infusion consumables generates smaller and therefore more expensive orders. .
- Learning times: The staff handling the pumps must learn to operate and configure each pump model..
- Lack of standardisation, which hinders the centralised control of the parameters of each pump and the communication between different pumps..
- Maintenance costs, since each manufacturer will have a different technical support service..
- The use of different (and in some cases obsolete) technologies increases the possibility of human errors in the administration of medication, which can come to have serious consequences for the patient. .
How can we save money on infusion devices?
At arcomed, as global leaders in infusion technology, we know that the cost-benefit equation has to deliver a positive balance to avoid soaring costs. To this end, we have developed the Pump Pooling System (PPS) which we have used to reduce the different models of required pumps to only 2. Thanks to our All-In-OneCONCEPTTM, arcomed pumps can be automatically reconfigured, enabling the same model to be used in different areas of a hospital, supporting different infusion protocols, both intraoperative and in areas such as ICU, delivery rooms or hospital wards (PIEB, PCA, PCS, TIVA, TCI, bolus tocolysis, etc.).
Furthermore, we have sought to provide simplicity and ease of operation thanks to the use of large touch screens, an icon-based interface, a reduction in the size of the pump itself and the option of centralised control and communication between different pumps.
The result: 165 arcomed pumps can carry out the same work as 220 pumps originating from different manufacturers. On top of this, this standardisation has a positive impact on every element that can increase costs, from maintenance to economies of scale. With arcomed technology, a hospital can be at the cutting edge of innovation, guarantee the safety and comfort of patients and health care workers and, over and above this, achieve a significant reduction in costs.