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)
- 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