Infusion Pumps and Syringe Pumps

How does an infusion pump work?

An infusion pump draws fluid from a standard bag of intravenous fluid and also regulates the speed of flow. It provides accurate and constant treatment. Because it can use any size bag of fluid, an infusion pump like the Alaris infusion pump or Baxter infusion pump can be used to deliver fluids at either a very slow or very quick infusion rate.

How to use a syringe pump?

A syringe pump is a different type of infusion delivery process. Unlike drawing fluid from an infusion bag, intravenous medications are drawn into a syringe and installed into the device. Since syringe pumps contain a maximum volume of 50 ml, syringe pumps are used to administer medications that have very small hourly volumes (e.g., usually less than 5 ml/hr). If the hourly volume requirements increase, an infusion pump is generally used to deliver the medication. A medical syringe pump are much more compact and take up less space than say an infusion pumps. This really helps when the patient is on many different infusions.