Special PP&P Buyer’s Guide: Ambulatory Infusion Pumps
January 2008 - Vol. 5 No. 1

Special PP&P Buyer’s Guide: Ambulatory Infusion Pumps
Ambulatory infusion pumps play an important role in delivering pain control medications, TPN infusions, chemotherapy, and other infusions to patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. While, traditionally, the purchase of ambulatory infusion pumps have been left primarily to nursing, anesthesia, or other departments, it is vital that pharmacy ramp up their involvement in the selection of these systems. As Robin Keyack, RPh, a clinical resource manager for New Jersey-based Virtua Health, contends, “It’s important that pharmacy be involved in these equipment choices to ensure patients receive the safest drug therapy possible. Pharmacy has the expertise to determine the medications and delivery modes that should be used to deliver optimal and safe patient care.” As such, pharmacy should work in conjunction with nursing and other departments to determine which ambulatory pumps are best suited to your institution’s practices and your patients’ needs.

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