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An IV pump is a medical device used to deliver intravenous fluids and medicines, via a catheter, to patients in hospitals, ambulances, clinics, ambulances, and other healthcare environments.  IV pumps are used throughout hospitals, including emergency rooms, intensive care units, surgery suites, and pediatric units.  IV pumps are also used in home healthcare environments by personal users.  IV pumps can deliver antibiotics, pain medicines, and nutrients.


Whether you’re a healthcare professional or someone who personally requires the use of an IV pump, the following information will be quite useful.


When you get your IV pump, the first thing to do is read the instructions.  Be sure you understand when to use it, are familiar with the display screen and its messages, codes, and alarms.  If you receive healthcare at home, it would be beneficial to have your healthcare provider to give you hands-on instruction on how to operate it.  If you have any questions or problems after such instruction, don’t hesitate to call your home healthcare provider for help. 


Once your IV pump is working and you’re familiar with its operation, there are a few important maintenance points to be aware of.  Cell phones, wireless hand-held devices, and other items of digital equipment that emit electric and magnetic interference may affect your pump.  Keep such items a safe distance away.  Before anyone touches the pump they need to thoroughly wash and dry their hands.  Keep your pump on a clean and level surface and always keep food and drinks a safe distance away from the area it’s in.  Be sure to change the tubing and batteries, if applicable, according to the instructions.


Before you begin using an IV infusion pump, it would behoove you to plan for any emergencies.  Have necessary phone numbers readily available for you to call and if you’re a personal user, be sure your name is on a community emergency roster so you can be assisted when unexpected situations happen, such as power failures or natural disasters.  Keep extra batteries around and keep a flashlight available.  If you have a healthcare provider who provides care at your residence, be sure to contact them if any emergency arises.  If you have trouble breathing, an allergic reaction (i.e. rashes, hives, etc.), fever, or problems where the catheter is inserted (i.e. pain, leaking, swelling, infection, etc.), call your healthcare provider or call 9-1-1 for any life-threatening situations. 


Though the IV pumps we supply are built by the best manufacturers on the market, such as Baxter IV pumps, there are a few problems that may arise and, fortunately, they’re easy to remedy.  If the IV pump doesn’t deliver the correct dose at the proper rate, this is called over-infusion or under-infusion.  In this case, be sure the tube is connected and check it for leaks and kinks.  Check the tube for flow blockages.  As well, monitor the pump’s accuracy by noting the time the infusion started as well as the end time.  Sometimes the pump may have been programmed wrong.  Check the programming by looking at the pump screen and verifying that the pump rate and dosage amount matches the correct prescription.  If you’re a personal user and you’re not sure if the prescription or dosage is right, call your healthcare provider immediately.  Lastly, be sure to monitor power levels and change the batteries when necessary.


After evaluating our inventory of IV pumps, please call our customer service department toll free at 1-877-706-4480 if you have any questions or need further assistance.  Our medical equipment specialists can provide you all the information you need to make a secure and wise purchase.


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