Posts Tagged ‘feeding’

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.

How to prepare powdered formula for your tube-fed child

Friday, January 7th, 2011

For most parents, a mealtime challenge is getting a child to eat his or her vegetables or clean the plate.

For parents who tube feed children with special needs at home, making sure a child is getting the proper nourishment is much more complicated. There’s a lot to learn, and they may worry about doing it right—which is why PHS dietitians work closely with families to provide education, assistance, and advice that can help put their minds at ease.

Here’s one example:

Watch PHS Dietitian Gwen Pritchard, RD, LD, demonstrate the proper techniques for preparing powdered formula at home for use in feeding pumps.

Eight easy steps

Before you begin, make sure you have everything you need: your child’s formula recipe, standard measuring cups, a liquid measuring cup, your child’s physician-prescribed formula powder, a blender, and your child’s tube feeding bag.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water. See Hand Hygiene How-To’s from PHS nurse Jill Wall here:
  2. Consult your recipe and put cold tap water in the liquid measure (PHS recommends using cold water, but be sure to check the instructions on the formula can in case the manufacturer recommends a different temperature for the formula preparation).
  3. Pour the water into a blender for mixing (PHS recommends using a blender to ensure the granules are thoroughly dissolved; powdered formula granules may set off alarms with the food pump).
  4. Measure the proper amount of powdered formula—leveling with a straight edge to get an accurate measurement—and then add the powder to the blender.
  5. Blend until well mixed and the powdered granules are dissolved—this may take a little longer at home. You should see some frothy bubbles when formula is completely mixed.
  6. Set the blended formula aside and let it rest for about 15 minutes to allow the bubbles to settle (bubbles, like granules, can cause errors in the tube feeding.)
  7. Once the mixture has settled, you are ready to give your child a tube feeding. Pour the desired amount into your liquid measuring cup, and then pour that into your tube feeding. Connect the tube feeding to your child’s extension and pump and begin the feeding.
  8. Put any extra formula into a storage container and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

If you have any nutrition concerns, be sure to call PHS at 654-642-1825 and ask to speak to any of our registered dietitians.

Do you have any strategies that may help other parents whose children have feeding challenges? Is there a story you’d like to share or any advice or thoughts about formula preparation or recipes? What kinds of experiences have you had with tube feeding your child at home? We’d love to hear from you.