An infusion pump is a device that delivers fluids, nutrients or medication into a patient’s circulatory system at a exactly controlled rate.
public go to hospitals putting their trust and trust in the healthcare system to restore them back to a healthy form. But this trust is a little misplaced when physicians and nurses are unable to help patients due to the be short of of resources and exclusive apparatus
To battle this problem, Pakistan Engineering students professors are taking matters into their own hands and coming up with reasonable, locally produced alternatives to imported medical apparatus freshly, a professor at Information Technology University (ITU) had developed a low-cost infusion pump and now a group of students at the university have taken things more and have imaginary a low-cost infusion pump.
The infusion pump is used to deliver fluids such as insulin, antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, pain relievers and even other hormones. .
Infusion pumps can provide fluids at a rate or amount that would be too posh or too inexact if performed manually by doctors or provided in the form of a drip. These Infusion pumps have the possible of delivering fluids in amounts smaller even than those provided by drips; they can impart amounts as small as 0.1 mL per hour injections.
They also provide medication with volumes unreliable according to the time of day and administer injections at fixed interval like every minute or every hour. They allow patients in pain to administer their own pain medication in a safe manner, with many boluses as requested up to a programmed maximum number per hour.
infusion pumps are regularly used in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), cardiology, obstetrics and gynecology, and in pain management for post-surgical patients.
“Some medicines are given based on the weight and form of the patient. In cardiology, we have to give patients medicine to lift up their blood pressure and sometimes we have to titrate them with infusion pumps. When these infusion pumps are not presented, we have a big problem because we have to rely on drips and micro-burettes and control the rate of medication by adjusting the speed of the drops manually,” says Dr. Nooria Ashfaq, a house officer at Mayo Hospital, Lahore.
“This is not a very correct method because you are just left estimating the quantity of the patient’s medicine.”
The be short of basic healthcare gear like infusion pumps at hospitals in Pakistan can add to humanity.
Doctors said that “shortage of basic apparatus plus incubators, cardiac monitors, phototherapy, resuscitator, apnea alarm, jaundice meter, infusion pumps, pulse oximeter and oxygen checking machine had harmfully pretentious patients.”
Currently, all the Pakistan infusion pumps are imported from also Poland or the United States and cost ranging from Rs90,000 to 105,000.
8engineering students from ITU have made a low-cost infusion pump that can change this situation. Their infusion pump consists of a small 3D printed structure, not more than 6 inches high, with a nozzle placed within it and attached to keypad using which the quantity amount can be input.
The infusion pump is also connected to a bubble detector that stops the device if any air bubbles are detected in the tubes. Both the student’s infusion pump and the imported ones work on the same principle and rotate a stepper motor slowly to move the injection but contrary to the costly imported devices, the student’s locally produced infusion pump will cost less than Rs15,000.
The working example of the infusion pump has been made but it would have to experience wide testing before it is commercially created.
Out of the 8 students, Ahmed Bilal and Rana Muneeb Ashraf are now working on the device as their final year project and are making the infusion pump more correct and up to trade standards. They also aim to include a medical library containing correct dosages of medicines with the infusion pump in the future.