Posts Tagged ‘biomedical’

How Biomedical Solves Equipment Concerns

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

The biomedical team serves up chips and salsa to PHS staff

It’s Healthcare Technology Management Week, and we know that our biomedical department is another crucial component in keeping the children we care for safe, healthy and able to thrive like they do. As an expanding department at PHS, the skills and expertise that they provide and use to collaborate with clinicians means the most complete care for the child. So what is it, exactly, that they do? Let’s start with the very beginning of their task: What happens when a parent or caregiver calls PHS with a concern about a product or piece of equipment in the home?

We do everything we can to ensure our equipment is functioning safely and properly. When we do receive a concern:

• We take it very seriously knowing that properly working equipment is critical for medically-complex children.
• We also understand that having a piece of equipment that isn’t working is an added stress on our families. We try to make the repair or replacement process as seamless as possible by bringing a rental to your home while we evaluate the piece of equipment. PHS tracks product issues to identify any potential trends or patterns, then we can report design flaws and consistent complaints to manufacturers and work with them to fix the problem. Tracking and trending equipment and supply complaints helps us differentiate between malfunctioning equipment and user errors, the latter indicating a need for additional caregiver training, revised educations materials, or product alerts.

Here’s what happens:

• When a complaint occurs, the equipment is brought to our biomedical department where thorough testing is conducted per manufacturers specifications and attempts are made to replicate the problem. Additionally, the history of the piece is checked for any similar complaints or trends in malfunction.
• If the issue can’t be verified and resolved, it goes out to the manufacturer. If the manufacturer can’t verify the issue, it will be sent back to PHS and the family. If they can verify it, the manufacturer will fix it and return it to PHS who takes it back to the family.
• Tracking and trending helps to identify what may have caused a certain piece of equipment to have issues in the past, such as user error, situational or environmental issues (a bag being lower than the pump and causing it to feed slower), or the equipment itself.
• MedWatch — PHS submits a MedWatch form to the FDA and the manufacturer whenever we become aware that a device or medication may have caused or contributed to complications with one of our patients, or may have created the potential for complications. The manufacturer must report back to the FDA regarding a problem submitted through MedWatch, therefore there is more responsibility on the manufacturer’s end to follow up on the product complaint (versus if PHS sends a complaint only to the manufacturer).

PHS tracks reported concerns both by product and by patient. This allows us to identify concerns with a specific product line as well as to identify specific patient uses or treatments that may not be compatible with a certain product.

So although you may never see them, this is a team that does an incredible job of ensuring each and every child has the highest functioning equipment in their homes. Thank you, biomedical department, for the incredible work you do every day. Is there a biomedical equipment technician in your life? Tell them thanks for all they do.

Infinity Food Pump Lithium-Ion Battery Life and Maintenance

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

We received a question from Jack on our PHS Facebook page requesting information on the battery life of the Infinity Food/infusion Pump. Well, Jack there are a few different answers to that question, and we think we have them all covered here.

Life of a fully-charged battery:

  • PHS Dietitian, Teresa,  RD, LD, CNSC says the battery life is 24 hours when run at 125 mL per hour; this means it may last longer if run at a slower rate or not as long if at a faster rate. The charging time is 6 hours if fully discharged. We usually recommend that the families charge their pump overnight, or if/when they are off the pump.

Overall Lifetime of the battery:

Now you might be asking yourself, “what exactly does good care mean?” We’ve outlined a few tips below to help promote Lithium-Ion battery life for your child’s Infinity Food/Infusion pump.

Battery Freedom and Reliability Requires Good Maintenance

  • When you first receive your pump, check the run time for your child’s infusion or feeding. Just like people, the battery will slow down as it ages. You can use this first run time as a comparison for when the battery begins to slow down with age. (Do this at a time when you won’t need the pump before you have time to fully recharge. For example, don’t drain the battery to get a run time if your child will need the pump at school the next day or if a storm may knock out power.)
  • Regularly check your child’s pump battery and charge status.
  • Avoid storing your pump and battery in excessive heat.
  • Recharge the battery as soon as possible after it’s been completely drained. It’s not necessary to completely drain the lithium-ion battery before recharging in normal daily use.
  • Keep a close eye on batteries as they reach the end of their life (around 2 years) to ensure your child’s feedings and infusions are always successfully completed.
  • Keep in mind that if the battery sits unused for an extended period of time, you will need to check the charge before you use it again and be sure to fully charge the battery for a successful feeding/infusion for your child.
You may want to contact PHS and discuss replacing your battery if:
  • Your pump run time drops below 80% of the first time you ran the pump at the same mL/Hr.
  • The time it takes to charge your pump battery increases drastically.

If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to call PHS at 651-642-1825 with questions about your pump and battery.

For more information on the Infinity Orange and Teal Pumps take a look at the videos on the PHS YouTube Channel, where our IV Nurse Gail covers common alarms, cleaning the pump, changing the door as well as setting the volume on the pump. Follow the link here to view.
*Note: All tips above refer only to a Lithium-ion battery.