1. Q. - Can it run as a PCA pump also (Patient Controlled Analgesia)?
A. - Yes. One of the applications of this pump is as a PCA pump. The pump will have a tamper resistant case to isolate the drug(s) and the necessary software controls.
2. Q. - Does it have one tubing set that can accommodate 4 drugs or 4 channels? I worry about drug compatibility.
A. - There are four types of tube sets, one through four inputs, and always a single output. Drug compatibility can be addressed in two ways. Because of the valve capability of the StnDrd Pump, a saline block can be placed ahead and behind the non-compatible drug as it flows from the pump to the cannula site. Currently the drugs are combined at the cannula but because of different flow rates of each drug line, the drugs may be mixed at this site before they reach the blood stream. By use of a saline block on either side of the non-compatible drug, no mixing occurs until inside the blood stream. Alternately, a second StnDrd Pump may be used for the non-compatible drug in a similar fashion as is currently used. Due to the small size of the StnDrd Pump, the second pump does not require a second pole and may fit better than the current large pumps.
3. Q. - Is this device set up to interface with either a remote server (the location of a central drug dictionary) or Health Information systems? Is wireless communication possible?
A. - StnDrd Infusion is aware of the lack of connectivity of some current pumps and is designing its pump to be connectable by wireless and by direct connection to the network. As a new generation pump, it can take advantage of all the advancements in wireless communication. Therefore, whether the drug library is local to the pump or to the network it is connected to has not been determined. We are currently studying the multiple types of hospital communication systems and are specifically soliciting input on this aspect of the pump.