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An infusor pump delivers medication such
as antibiotics through an intravenous (IV) line into a big vein in the body. An
infusor pump is generally changed every 12-24 hours by a nurse who will visit
you at home. Infusor pumps are used when IV treatments are still required, but
your child is well enough to be treated at home.
infusor pump delivers medication such as antibiotics through an intravenous
(IV) line. It uses a small ‘balloon’ to slowly drip the medication through the
line (see image). It does not need batteries or power to work. The balloon will
continue to get smaller until it is empty or clamped.
Infusor pumps are used when your child requires treatment but is
otherwise ready for discharge from hospital. Infusor pumps allow your child to
go home and return to normal activities while still providing the therapy that
An infusor pump
is small enough to carry in your hand. However, when children are moving around
it is generally easier to use a small backpack, an over-the-shoulder carry bag
or a waist pouch. The first pump will be attached before you leave hospital. It
is then changed each day as the contents will only last about 24 hours.
A nurse from Wallaby ward
(the RCH’s Hospital-in-the-Home program) will come to your home each day at
pre-arranged times to change the pump. These nurses are highly trained in
looking after infusor pumps and are available 24-hours a day if you have any
issues with the infusor or your child’s IV line while at home.
Patient Guide Baxter Infusor Range. Retrieved 26 May, 2016 from http://thehomecalling.com.au/resources/BPS_Patient_Guide_Infusors_Web.pdf
RCH Wallaby Resources for Parents and Carers. Retrieved 26 May, 2016 from http://www.rch.org.au/wallaby/resources/
Infusor Elastomeric Pumps Clinician Guide. Retrieved 26 May, 2016 from http://www.capca.ca/wp-content/uploads/Baxter-Elastomeric-Pumps-Clinician-Guide11.pdf
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Reviewed August 2020.
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