In this section
Information for children being transferred to Hospital-in-the-Home (Wallaby) who
treatment using an infusor pump. This fact
sheet includes how to care for the pump while at home and what to look out for.
An infusor pump delivers medication such
as antibiotics through an intravenous (IV) line into a big vein in the body. Infusor
pumps are used when IV treatments are still required, but your child is well
enough to be treated at home.
Do not submerge the infusor pump under water and do not get it wet - keep it out of the shower, bath and pool. When your child is showering, keep the pump outside the stream of water by placing it on a bench or chair. If bathing, sit the pump outside of the bath.
Keep the infusor pump at the same level as the site where it enters the body. You can put it on its side next to your child’s pillow, ensuring the line is not kinked or pulling. Make sure the pump is on top of the bed covers. Putting it underneath the covers can make the device too warm.
Your child can exercise with the infusor pump, but make sure it stays clean and dry, stays at room temperature (no extreme heat or cold) and that the line or pump does not get damaged. Rough or contact sport is not advised.
While travelling in the car, place the infusor pump next to your child, ensuring the line is not kinked or pulling. The infusor pump is safe to take on aeroplanes with pressurised cabins. You need to ensure there is someone available at your destination/on the plane who is trained to change the pump (depending on length of time travelling).
The balloon will slowly get smaller over time. There are markings
on the bottle that can act as a guide to indicate whether or not the balloon is
deflating. The speed at which the balloon will deflate changes in extreme
temperature conditions, so avoid these where possible.
You should check the
infusor four hours after it has been connected to make sure the balloon has
moved down one solid line (level 5 to level 4) as indicated in the diagram. Continue
checking the infusor every six to eight hours to ensure that the balloon gets
smaller. You should continue these checks each time the infusor has been
changed. If you think the balloon is not deflating, call Wallaby ward on 9345 4770
Keep the line and pump as clean as possible (avoid
letting it touch anything) and call Wallaby ward.
that the line is not kinked. Make sure the infusor pump is not too far below
the height of the IV site. Check that the line is attached to the IV site. If
it is disconnected, call Wallaby ward.
the IV line, place the pump in a
plastic bag and call Wallaby ward. If some of the medication leaks onto the
skin, wash the area with soap and water.
In an emergency, call '000' or take your
child to the nearest emergency department if your child shows signs of any of
Once your child
has been given appropriate medical attention, please call Wallaby on 9345
4770 (available 24 hours) and let the team know.
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 June 2020.
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