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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING DYNAMIC INFUSION PUMP DELIVERY PROFILES FROM BASIC DELIVERY PROFILES

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Publication Date: 2014-May-01
Document File: 5 page(s) / 125K

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Abstract

We propose a system and method for creating dynamic infusion pump delivery profiles, from basic delivery profiles. In such a system and method a practitioner could efficiently, and relatively quickly, program a pump for a more dynamic or changeable delivery profile in one step or interaction with the pump or its external delivery programming device or means. The practitioner could selectively combine basic delivery profiles across selected time intervals with corresponding selections of infusate delivery rates, volumes, and times. Various combinations of basic delivery profiles could be pre-programmed, identified, saved, and recalled for later use when a particular dynamic or changeable delivery profile is desired. Patient safety could thereby also be enhanced, due to potentially reduced chances of programming or operating errors.

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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CREATING DYNAMIC INFUSION PUMP DELIVERY PROFILESFROM BASIC DELIVERY PROFILES

Abstract

   We propose a system and method for creating dynamic infusion pump delivery profiles, from basic delivery profiles. In such a system and method a practitioner could efficiently, and relatively quickly, program a pump for a more dynamic or changeable delivery profile in one step or interaction with the pump or its external delivery programming device or means. The practitioner could selectively combine basic delivery profiles across selected time intervals with corresponding selections of infusate delivery rates, volumes, and times. Various combinations of basic delivery profiles could be pre-programmed, identified, saved, and recalled for later use when a particular dynamic or changeable delivery profile is desired. Patient safety could thereby also be enhanced, due to potentially reduced chances of programming or operating errors.

Disclosure

   In the medical arts, infusion pumps have become useful devices for managing the delivery and dispensation of therapeutic medications to patients. Infusion pumps can provide some significant advantages over manual infusion techniques, by accurately delivering and dispensing infusates over an extended period of time. Infusion pumps can be particularly useful for treating diseases and disorders that require regular pharmacological intervention, including cancer, diabetes, and vascular, neurological, and metabolic disorders.

   An infusion pump typically incorporates or utilizes some type of pre-programmed delivery "profile", in which a microprocessor within the pump - or an externally-connected electronic device such as a personal computer or file server - executes a program that commands the pump to deliver an infusate to a patient. The pump may be, for example, a syringe-type pump which drives a syringe plunger forwardly to expel the infusate outwardly therefrom and through connected tubing to the patient; or the pump could be, for example, a peristaltic type pump which sequentially compresses the tubing to draw out the infusate from a reservoir and expel it outwardly through the tubing to the patient. Regardless of a particular type of infusion pump or its mode of operation, a pre-programmed delivery profile is often used as aforementioned to deliver the infusate to the patient.


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   Although infusion pumps generally have contributed to more efficient practitioner workflows and enhancement of patient safety, some infusion pumps may be limited in their abilities to vary infusate deliveries as may be desired or prescribed for particular patients. In this regard, some infusion pumps might only be capable of performing a few rather rudimentary or basic delivery profiles having delivery rates which are essentially either constant, or linearly increasing, or linearly decreasing. These basic delivery profiles typically run upon commencement of pump operation and remain in effect until th...