Factors Affecting Large Volume Infusion Pump Accuracy and Flow
NPSF 2017 Congress Poster Presentation, May 2017
Ubiquitous throughout the hospital, large volume infusion IV pumps play a crucial role in delivering fluids and complex doses of medications to patients in a wide range of care settings. Medications administered through the IV infusion pump are assumed to infuse at a smooth and continuous flow rate displayed on the screen. In the real world, clinical conditions like those in hospitals today, many infusion pumps administer fluids at highly discontinuous rates, including periods of little or no infusion. This study examined the short-term flow accuracy of three large volume infusion pumps and explores the clinical impact of flow variability for high-risk medications with short half-lives.