Status: Under Development
Continuous infusion of drugs, especially chemotherapy is administered by a syringe pump. The available pumps are all bulky and heavy and have to be mounted on a stand. It requires a dedicated power supply, therefore an electric point. The patient has to be hospitalized and bed-bound during the infusion; if he needs to eat, change clothes, or use the washroom, the infusion is interrupted. There are many drugs given by continuous infusion where it is safe for the patient to move around during the infusion; however, because of the pump design, he is tied to the bed for the entire duration of the infusion
Currently available syringe pumps are not smart devices; they cannot detect their own mistakes, or generate useful alerts. An audio-visual alarm, (beeping sound plus flashing lights), sounds in case of line blockage or low battery; this is an inadequate warning system. Also, the dose has to be entered manually at the bedside by the nurse; including any changes in dose. Although the system is manual, it is not tamper-proof; the dose can be accidentally changed.
Thus these devices take up space, resources, manual effort, are not foolproof, compromise patient freedom, and are expensive; the economic burden is borne by both the chemotherapy center and the patient.
The novel design syringe infusion pump is a lightweight, compact, highly versatile device for continuous infusion of chemotherapy and other drugs. It is worn under the clothes and fits the contours of the limb on which it is strapped. It is powered by a long life battery and needs no power source. The patient is free to walk around and be active during the infusion. It has several safety features such as external programming, tamper proof setting and multi-level, real-time operational feedback.
It is highly space efficient, energy efficient, comfortable and affordable to the patient. The chemotherapy centre also benefits from better resource utilisation, as well as real time monitoring of the infusion. It is easy to operate, loaded with smart features and affordable. It is, thus, a paradigm shift in infusional therapy, including chemotherapy.