By using ICU Medical’s advanced infusion pump technology and comprehensive integration with other systems, clinicians can minimize the alarms from their infusion pumps, resolve some of them automatically, and be alerted when they need to act right away. This reduces the alarms they have to respond to and informs them of what is going on with their patients—away from the bedside.
ICU Medical’s Plum 360 infusion system features a proprietary active pumping mechanism that uses a cassette system with unique air management that reduces air-in-line alarms by capturing up to one milliliter of air before alarming. In an internal study comparing air-in-line alarms between the Plum 360 and a competitive device through five simulated sessions of a chemotherapy protocol, the competitive pump had 21 air in line alarms over the sessions compared to zero for the Plum 360.
When the Plum 360 does alarm for air in line, removal can be done quickly and easily while maintaining a closed system by back priming air through the secondary port.
Also, with the Plum 360 patients can be taught to check for a distal occlusion by unbending their arm if they hear the pump alarm. If the occlusion is resolved within 60 seconds, the pump can be configured to automatically restart up to 10 times.
We continue working to reduce nurse alarm burden. The latest Plum 360 software release (r15.11) eliminates idle alarms, so the pump can be on and waiting for programming without triggering an alarm.