The Advantages of IV Pumps
As a health care practitioner or a medical device vendor, you are probably very aware of the high demand for IV Pumps. Currently, there are two ways to regulate fluids through an IV. IV Fluids can be regulated manually or by using an electric pump. Regardless of how it is distributed, IV therapy is generally the fastest way to get necessary fluids or medications into the body and it has a bioavailability absorption of 100%.
Because infusion pumps are such a necessary part of hospital and health care life, it is no wonder that innovation in this field is causing infusion systems and IV pump equipment to constantly change and become better. Hospira pumps, for example, in addition to offering cutting edge technology that helps extend the life of your IV pump equipment, also offers ongoing support to keep your IV systems well maintained.
What to know before buying an infusion pump
IV pumps have been in use since the 1960s, and while the technology has certainly advanced and changed, some things haven’t. Buying different types of IV pumps can be complicated and sometimes costly. If you are looking for large purchases, we would recommend using an equipment lease calculator to see if you can finance medical equipment. Once you are ready to make a purchase, we recommend looking at the Alaris Smart Pump line. The advantages of IV smart pumps are many. Alaris Smart pumps reduce user programming errors (though they cannot entirely eliminate them, so always make sure you are careful about double checking your work). The reduction in programming errors allows for a safer, and healthier patient experience. While the most common fluid in an IV pump is saline, other liquids and medications can be pumped into a patient via an IV, which if done with incorrect dosage, could prove fatal.
Other advantages of IV pumps include the ability to deliver very small amounts of fluids. Additionally, another advantage of IV pumps is the ability to deliver set amount of fluids over time (such as throughout the night), to ensure a consistent stream of medication is being administered.
The Growing Need For IV Administration
In the United States, there are approximately 10,000 people reaching the age of retirement (65) each day. As more and more Baby Boomers reach old age, many of them will be facing medical and health challenges that will require the use of an IV (one of the great advantages of IV pumps for this group is that it allows them to get necessary nutrients when they experience a hospital visit). According to a study done by the University of Michigan, a full 86% of patients admitted to hospitals required an IV pump transfusion of some kind. These statistics point to an IV Pump market value of over $5 Billion by 2024.