Medical Subject Headings (MeSH): Infusion Pumps

An infusion pump is a medical device used to administer medication, fluids, or nutrients intravenously (through a vein) or subcutaneously (under the skin). Infusion pumps are used in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and home healthcare settings, to deliver a precise amount of medication or fluid over a specific period of time.

There are different types of infusion pumps, including volumetric pumps, which deliver a set volume of fluid over a specific time period, and syringe pumps, which deliver a set amount of medication using a syringe. Infusion pumps can be programmed to deliver medication at a continuous rate, or to deliver bolus doses (large, single doses) on an as-needed basis.

Infusion pumps are used to deliver a wide range of medications and fluids, including antibiotics, pain medication, nutrition, and hydration. They are often used in the treatment of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, and in palliative care to manage pain and other symptoms in patients with terminal illness.

Infusion pumps are designed to be accurate and reliable, and are typically used under the supervision of a healthcare provider. However, there is a risk of complications associated with the use of infusion pumps, including infection, bleeding, and medication errors. It is important for healthcare providers to carefully monitor the use of infusion pumps and to follow proper infection control practices to minimize the risk of complications.

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