Intravenous news: FDA report “External infusion pumps are medical devices that deliver fluids, including nutrients and medications such as antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and pain relievers, into a patients body in controlled amounts. Many types of pumps, including large volume, patient-controlled analgesia (PCA), elastomeric, syringe, enteral, and insulin pumps, are used worldwide in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, and in the home.
Clinicians and patients rely on pumps for safe and accurate administration of fluids and medications. However, FDA has identified problems that can compromise the safe use of external infusion pumps. These problems can lead to over- or under-infusion, missed treatments, or delayed therapy.
FDA is taking steps to address infusion pump problems through the Infusion Pump Improvement Initiative.”