Infusion pump reviews page contains reviews of different infusion pumps, comparisons of infusion pumps brands and recommendations for better or cheaper choices of similar infusion pumps. The aim of reviewing these products is to help medical professionals to prescribe the best pump for a patient based on their insurance, budget as well as medical condition. These infusion pump reviews will also help patients to become more aware of the choices they have so that they can also make suggestions.
Below is a description of the pumps reviewed here and how the reviews are done. Links will also be provided on this page for each review that is published under each brand.
The infusion pumps reviews that will be done here will focus mainly on the following:
- Baxter Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Hospira Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Animas Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- B. Braun Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- CareFusion/Alaris Infusion Pumps and Accessories
- Covidien Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Fresenius Kabi Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- I-Flow Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Insulet Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- IRadimed Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Medtronic Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Moog Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Roche Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Smiths Group Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Tandem Infusion Pumps and Accessories Reviews
- Veterinary infusion pumps reviews of all brands
The types of infusion pumps that will be reviewed here include:
- Reviews of large volume infusion Pumps
- Reviews of ambulatory infusion pumps (Chemotherapy Pumps and Disposable Pumps – such as elastomeric pumps)
- Reviews of syringe infusion Pumps such as Patient-Controlled Analgesia Pumps
- Reviews of insulin Infusion Pumps
- Reviews of enteral Feeding Pumps
- Reviews of implantable Infusion Pumps
- Reviews of Veterinary Infusion Pumps
The types of infusion pump accessories that will be reviewed here include:
- Reviews of Insulin pump cases
- Reviews of the best places to buy power cords, cables, bolts etc
- Infusion pump pouches
- Infusion pump vests
- Panties for holding infusion pumps
- Cross body packs infusion pump holders
- Infusion pump batteries
- Diabetes supply cases
- Diabetes travel bags
- Chest Pack infusion pump holders and cases
- Hip pack infusion pump holders and cases
- Athletic insulin pump cases
- Lingerie insulin pump garter holders
- Infusion pump visual aids and informative books
- Books for infusion pump patients
Some of the areas considered when doing infusion pump reviews include:
- Compliance with FDA recommendations and guidelines
- Pump Mechanism
- Battery lifetime
- User Interface
- User interface connectivity
- Self Test
- Self Monitoring
- Displays and keyboards
- Electrostatic Discharge
- Timekeeping and logging of medical information
- Portability if applicable
- Ease of access to replacement parts
- Cost versus value
- Credibility of infusion pump manufacturer
- Call backs on the infusion pumps
Compliance with FDA recommendations and guidelines
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided a document [Infusion Pumps Total Product Life Cycle – Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff (PDF – 615KB)] that outlines what they are looking for regarding company compliance in the infusion pump industry. If the company is 100% compliant then that will give them a perfect score in this area. If not, then marks will be lost (FDA).
The pump mechanism should be energy efficient to enable long battery life. The motor loading of an infusion pump varies as the mechanism rotates. The position of the pump mechanism, fluid viscosity, and flow rate affects motor loading. Motor drive circuits can include motor load sensor signals that feed into a closed-loop control system to adjust the motor drive voltage to reduce power consumption.
Even for “Non ambulatory” infusion pumps, they must come with a rechargeable battery for when patients need to be transferred from one area to the next without ceasing infusion. Therefore battery life will be considered.
User Interface and User interface connectivity
It is important that the user interface is user friendly especially in pumps that will be used at home such as insulin and PCA pumps.
Self test and self monitoring
Pumps must have testing mechanisms set up for each time the machine powers up and monitoring for the duration of its use. Problems could arise is connectivity, electrical circuits, dosages etc and if they do, the infusion pump should be able to tell before it causes harm to the patient. The machine should be able to generate an alarm in such cases.
If there is a problem arising for the infusion pump or connections then the pump should be able to warn the user. There should be good audible as well as visual signals for when such events occur. Visual indicators usually come in red green and orange. Audio comes as beeps or the more sophisticated voice synthesis types.
Displays and keyboards
FDA recommended self test power up display mechanism, so drivers with built-in self-test features are required. High-resolution, back-lit liquid-crystal displays (LCD) with Full-color are mostly used.
Mechanisms must be put in place to ensure that the infusion pumps pass the requirements for Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) by using built in protection of ESD line protectors.
Timekeeping and logging of medical information
It is very important that infusion pumps keep an accessible record of the medications delivered over different time periods so that patients can be properly monitored.
Portability if applicable
Some infusion pumps need to be portable as they are being used throughout the day on a mobile patient. For example, disposable insulin pumps. These pumps should be easily carried for the comfort of the patient. If possible, it should be designed so that it is not very distracting.
Ease of access to replacement parts
Batteries should be easily and affordably replaced. Power cords, bolts, connectors etc. should be accessible if a replacement is needed. These are usually available for purchase online at eBay for example.
Cost versus value
Some infusion pumps are just unnecessarily expensive. If you can find other infusion pumps that are of similar quality for less money then this will affect the rating given by IPR&I for that infusion pump brand.
Credibility of infusion pump manufacturer
If the infusion pump is new on the market, the infusion pump must be manufactured by a company who has provided infusion pumps in the past that are known for excellent performance to be able to get perfect score in this area. If the infusion pump has been on the market for a while and continues to perform well then the infusion pump manufacturer will not affect the rating and a full mark will be awarded for manufacturer rating regardless of the history of the other pumps produced by the company. This way, a great infusion pump will not get marked down just because the manufacturer made bad products in the past. If the infusion pump is new and the manufacturer has a bad reputation in the market then the pump will be marked down accordingly in this area.
Call backs on the infusion pumps
Some infusion pumps have callbacks due to manufacturer or design issues. These can sometimes be fatal and must be considered when reviewing an infusion pump. If the infusion pump design has recently had call backs or if the design before the current model was called back due to a faulty design, this this will affect the rating of the new pump. If there had been call backs before but the infusion pumps were modified and the modified version has been on the market for a while and doing well, then a good score will be awarded regardless of the call back.
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