This is a regular topic of discussion with many customers in the alternate site industry and the answer can often be different.
The answer to the question is not whether an ambulatory pump or manufacturer is best, but which one meets your needs. When evaluating ambulatory infusion pumps, here are some key factors to think about when beginning the search and evaluation:
- Understand the current market dynamics.
- Do you need an ambulatory infusion pump that can deliver multiple types of therapies?
- How sophisticated do you need the pump to be? Is it necessary to have smart technology and uploaded drug libraries?
- How long has the current pump been on the market?
- Have there been any recalls on the device in the last 24 months?
- What will your monthly spend be on plastics cost? (IV sets)
- What are the top 5 common repairs for a particular device?
- Is the pump being discontinued in the near future? Keep in mind that average pump life can be from 4-7 years.
These are just some of the basic questions to consider while going down a path of upgrading pump technology or making a change. There are also other resources such as the FDA Maude database and the National Home Infusion Association (NHIA) where information about ambulatory infusion pumps can found. Utilizing a full database of resources before making a decision is crucial in any decision.
Right Way Medical is committed to assisting our customers in finding the right ambulatory pump that will fit your current needs based upon existing market conditions. Allow us to take you down a defined path that will clearly articulate current market conditions, features and benefits of every device, and assist you in selecting a device that is Right for you.