Infusion Pump

What is an infusion pump?

An infusion pump is a medical device that either mechanically or electrically provides fluids to patients. While many pumps stay along the bedside, there are also ambulatory infusion pumps that can be worn or carried.  

Infusion pumps can provide a controlled amount of: 

  • Medications (like pain relievers, antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs) 
  • Nutrients 
  • Hormones (like insulin) 

There are a wide variety of infusion pumps, but some of the most common ones are: 

  • Insulin pumps 
  • Enteral pumps 
  • Patient-controlled analgesia pumps 

Why are infusion pumps important to healthcare?

Infusion pumps are important to healthcare because they let healthcare providers and patients administer the exact amount of fluid into the body for effective treatment. In turn, these devices help improve patients’ health and wellbeing.