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Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust infusion pumps to pain management test

CME Medical : 18 July, 2012  (Application Story)
For the past eight years the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust put to the test CME Medical's infusion pumps to the test.
The Trust hosts one of the UK's leading clinics for the management of all forms of pain and uses the BodyGuard 575 Pain Management Infusion Pump and BodyGuard 545 Epidural Infusion Pump on a daily basis to manage patients' acute pain. According to Martin Howarth, Specialist Pain Nurse and Practice Development Lead at the Manchester and Salford Pain Centre, the ambulatory BodyGuard 575 Pain Management Infusion Pump is one of the preferred models used by staff on the busy wards.


"We use the ambulatory BodyGuard 575 Pain Management Infusion Pump for our patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) care on the wards. The pump is very compact, can be battery operated and attached to a handset, which means that patients are able to move around and have complete control over their pain relief,” confirmed Howarth. "The 'lock-out' system of the device allows patients to administer up to 12 doses every hour (one dose every five minutes if required), but helps prevent potential overdosing. The pump has some excellent design features, such as its built-in protocols, which are tailored to the needs of the Acute Pain Team and can only be accessed by trained personnel, a lockable keypad to avoid inadvertent pressing of the buttons and an intuitive LCD screen. The fact that the doses are predefined makes it much easier and quicker to set up the right programme: critical on our busy wards."


All CME Medical infusion pumps used on the wards of the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust are ideally suited to the needs of both the patients and the requirements of the medical staff, as Howarth explained: "We use a bag-based system - where pre-filled bags are attached to the pumps (the infusion lines are colour-coded to match the pumps). This system saves time, is easy to use and is beneficial from a safety point of view, as we know the contents are sterile.

Some pumps provide a background infusion - but we don't want that on our busy wards: we need to be able to know exactly how much drug a patient has been given. We are able to monitor the opiate needs of our patients through graphs produced by the pump."


The satisfaction with the CME Medical BodyGuard infusion pumps at Salford Royal Hospital Foundation Trust is not only due to their quality, but also the working relationship that CME Medical has with members of staff. "At Salford Royal we have a great working relationship with CME Medical and they are always there if we need them," continued Howarth.


"We were one of the first hospitals in the UK to use CME Medical's infusion pumps for pain management and our trust in them has definitely paid off. The reason we chose the CME Medical pumps was because they are logical in their programming and easy to use. We were able to write the regimens that have been pre-programmed into the pumps to meet our patients' needs.  It was also imperative that we were provided with a good training programme: CME Medical have been true to their word and provided excellent training support. Pumps are the mainstay of pain management and our choice of CME Medical's pumps has meant we have been able to ensure the highest possible standards of patient care in our busy hospital."


The BodyGuard 575 Pain Management Infusion Pump is a pain management system with a high degree of flexibility. The system also has a blue colour-coded infusion line to clearly denote the intended use of intravenous opioid analgesic PCA delivery. Lightweight and compact, it is suitable for both bedside and ambulatory use. Its piston pump mechanism ensures unparalleled accuracy and linearity of infusion, even at lowest rates to meet the standards of the most demanding specialties.
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