We’ve seen significant innovation in drug therapies over the past twenty years due to advances in medical technology and drug discovery. Some of the changes include biologics, immunotherapy, and gene therapy.
Infusion, as a means of therapy delivery, has been an integral part of these advances in treatment. The prevalence of these new treatments has also meant that precision and ambulatory infusion techniques have also become commonplace.
Acording to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that there were approximately 1.9 million new cancer cases in the United States in 2021. Chemotherapy is a typical treatment selected for many cancer cases, and a common delivery for these drugs is intravenous infusion.
Chemotherapy is often given in outpatient settings such as oncology clinics or hospital infusion centers. Some infusion therapies are best administered using an ambulatory pump over several days or weeks—allowing the patient to maintain daily activities. Many ambulatory infusion pumps allow for this type of drug delivery, improving the overall treatment experience for the patient.
Infusion therapy can be used to manage a variety of types of pain, including acute pain following surgery. A technique that has become more common in recent years is a continuous infusion of pain medication delivered through a catheter that is inserted near the site of the nerve group—intended to block pain signals from the surgical area. This is called Continuous Peripheral Nerve Block (CPNB).
The advantages of this approach include more accurate medication dosing, prolonged pain management over several days, and the avoidance of addictive opioids. Nimbus II has been used by clinicians across the US as a means for delivering pain management therapy.
Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
Some people are affected with conditions that create an inability to eat or digest food properly. These conditions can include severe intestinal disorders, post-operative effects on the digestive system, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, severe malnutrition, and certain types of cancer treatments. For these individuals Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) can be a lifesaving treatment since they are unable to obtain the nutrients they need through oral or enteral (tube feeding) routes. TPN is delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously, and provides all the necessary nutrients that the body needs to function properly. Effective TPN requires an infusion pump like Z-800 that is reliable and easy to use.
Extreme morning sickness is a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. It affects about 1-2% of pregnant women and is most common in the first trimester. Hyperemesis gravidarum can include persistent nausea and vomiting that can lead to dehydration, weight loss, and electrolyte imbalances. In some cases, hospitalization may be required to manage the condition.
Treatment options may include dietary changes, intravenous fluids for hydration, and the use of anti-nausea medication to manage symptoms and prevent complications. Nimbus II is used by one of our customers to administer this important therapy to women patients and help them through their pregnancies.
Antibiotics can be used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections. Some bacterial infections are chronic and can persist for months or years. Examples of chronic bacterial infections include tuberculosis and chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection). Other infections like urinary tract infections and sinusitis can also become chronic.
Fortunately, there are antibiotic infusion treatments available when a patient has a severe or chronic infection that cannot be treated with oral antibiotics alone. Antibiotic infusions may be given continuously over several days or weeks and are often administered in a clinic or a home setting. Because of their longer treatment duration, ambulatory pumps are sometimes used to preserve the patient’s quality of life.
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